A dog owner has been forced to pay a £1,500 fine after repeatedly refusing to clear his dog’s mess from his own garden.
Craig Wood, 25, was summoned to court after he chose to ignore numerous warnings from the council about the growing pile of dog mess.
The council began warning Wood, from Benfleet, Essex, last summer as neighbours complained about the foul stench coming from his garden.
Craig Wood, 25, refused to pick up his dog’s mess (File picture: EyeEm)Wood was initially served an abatement notice and ordered to clear the dog mess, and was told to pick up any future dog poo.
But Wood continued to breach the notice and was hit with a £1,485 fine for the breaches at Basildon Magistrates’ Court this week.
Despite the fine, the dog mess is still visible in the garden.
A neighbour, who asked not to be named, said: ‘I don’t live in the block, so have not dealt with it directly, but I have been told and I think a few neighbours were getting frustrated.
‘It can’t be nice to see, and we all know dog mess stinks, so you’d be very annoyed if you could constantly smell it.
‘Fair play to the council for taking action against him, hopefully it is a bit of a warning to others.’
A council spokesman added: ‘Castle Point Borough Council’s Environmental Health Service has successfully prosecuted a resident on five counts of breaching an abatement notice served under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
‘Mr Wood was fined a total of £1,485 for the breaches, ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £31 and full costs of £1,289.75 were awarded to the Council.’