Merton Council shows zero tolerance to dog mess

Wimbledon Magistrates Court has fined local dog owner Gary Johnson £75 after he pleaded guilty to failing to clear up faeces produced by his bull terrier in Morden Recreation Ground. He was also fined £50 for giving a false name and address and ordered to pay £300 costs.

Merton Council temporary animal welfare officer Alan Giles, who witnessed the offence, identified himself to 41-year-old Johnson and offered to give him a bag to clear up the faeces. This resulted in Johnson swearing and being aggressive. He also gave a false name and address.

Evidence put forward in court revealed Alan Giles saw Johnson of Pilgrims Close, Morden, take the lead off the white dog, which proceeded to squat and defecate in the grass in full view of his owner who made no effort to clean up the mess.

Police investigations revealed Johnson’s true address and when Mr Giles turned up at his home Johnson gave his real name.

Councillor Tariq Ahmad, Cabinet Member for Environment and Traffic Management, said: “It is an offence to allow dogs to foul public highways, pavements or verges.

“As well as being unhygienic, dog faeces ruin
these areas for law-abiding residents and Merton Council will not allow owners to get away with not living up to their responsibilities and clearing up after their pets.

“The successful outcome of this case through the courts shows Merton Council’s determination to do everything we can to put our residents first.”

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Note to editors

Dog owners/walkers failing to clear up after their dogs is a considerable problem in the London Borough of Merton. The Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 makes it an offence to allow dogs or any animal to foul the public highway, pavement or verges.