Bala resident fined by Court for "No Dogs" area breach

Date 28/10/2016

'No Dogs' signs can be seen in a number of play areas and public land in the county

Bala resident fined by Court for “No Dogs” area breach

Gwynedd Council has released details of a recent Court action relating to the breach of a dog control order.

 A Council Street Enforcement Warden on patrol had observed a dog at ‘The Green’ playing field, Bala, on land which is subject to an exclusion order. The dog’s owner was consequently issued with a £100 fixed penalty notice, which he failed to pay within the required 14-days.

 At a recent hearing (26/10/16),Caernarfon Magistrates found Kenneth Dodd of the Joiner’s Workshop, The Green, Bala, guilty in his absence of failing to comply with Section 3(1) of the Dogs Exclusion (Gwynedd Council) Order 2013. He was ordered to pay fines and costs amounting to £300, which include a fine of £100 for the offence and £200 court costs.

 Gwynedd Council's dog exclusion zones have been in place since 2013 and are intended to protect children's play areas and sports facilities from dog fouling. They include playgrounds, school and leisure land, as well as seasonal restrictions on certain beaches.

 Failure to pay a fixed penalty for a dog control offence can result in prosecution with a fine of up to £1,000, plus a criminal record.

 To report an environmental crime, such as dog fouling, littering or fly-tipping, in strictest confidence, you may call Gwynedd Council’s Street Enforcement team on 01766 771000, e-mail, or contact the Council via clicking on “More Services”.