Sandholme dog owner fined £1,100 for allowing his dog to stray

Mon, 24 Feb 2020

A Sandholme man who continually allowed his dog to stray onto neighbouring properties and cause a nuisance has been fined £1,100.

Wayne Coleman of Mill Lane, Sandholme failed to appear at Beverley Magistrates' Court on Wednesday 5 February where he was facing charges of 11 breaches of a community protection notice and the case was proved in his absence.

The court heard how Coleman was served with a community protection notice on 3 July 2019 by East Riding of Yorkshire Council's dog warden team after receiving numerous complaints from a neighbouring properties that a German Shepherd dog was straying onto their premises and causing a nuisance.

The complaints dated back to January 2019 and some complaints resulted in the dog being taken to kennels after a member of the public reported a straying dog.

Coleman was issued with several straying complaint letters and in February 2019 he was also issued with a community protection warning letter but he failed to keep his dog under control.

In July 2019, Coleman was issued with a community protection notice informing him that he must keep his dog within the boundary of his property with immediate effect.

There were further reports in August of the dog straying on three occasions and Coleman was issued with a fixed penalty notice, which he subsequently failed to pay, as he was in breach of the community protection notice.

In September, there were reports of two dogs straying and further reports in October which resulted in the dog being taken to kennels again.

On the last occasions in October when the dog was taken to kennels, Coleman did not collect it and had arranged for a rescue centre to pick the dog up and rehome it.

Coleman was fined £100 for each breach making a total of £1,100 and has to pay a victim surcharge of £32 and costs of £791.31.

David Howliston, environmental control manager at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: "Allowing a dog to stray can cause no end of problems as well as putting the dog at risk.

"Not only can a stray dog be the cause of road traffic accidents, they can also foul and there is no-one there to clean up after them.

"We do try to engage with owners who don't look after their dogs properly but if they ignore our advice and continue to be irresponsible owners then we will take the necessary enforcement action."

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