Dog owner fined after pet’s mess fills back yard in South Shields

editorial image

A dog owner who failed to pick up his pet’s mess in a shared back yard has been prosecuted for the second time in six months.

Daniel Thorburn has been fined £400 and ordered to pay £266 in costs, compensation and a victim surcharge at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

The case against the 25-year-old, of Boldon Lane, South Shields, was proven in his absence after the prosecution was brought by South Tyneside Council.

It told how the build-up of dog mess was so bad it prevented the neighbouring resident from hanging out her washing and putting bins out.

Magistrates heard Thorburn had been prosecuted in December for the same offence.

A council spokesman said: “People have the right to live in a clean, safe environment but these conditions were considered to be completely unacceptable and posed a real health risk.

“Prosecution is always a last resort. We were left with no other choice.”