A dog walker has been made to pay out almost £230 for failing to pay a fixed penalty notice issued for neglecting to keep the dog on its lead in a restricted area.

Thea Porter (55), Ordinance Court, who was walking a relative’s dog at the time, was issued with a £100 fixed penalty notice on December 11 last year by a neighbourhood dog warden from Erewash Borough Council but failed to pay. She pleaded guilty to the offence of having a dog off a lead at Park Cemetery in Ilkeston and was fined under the single justice procedure by Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court earlier this month.

Councillor Garry Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, says:

“It is the dog walker’s responsibility, whether they are the owner of the animal or not, to make sure they take heed of these notices and act accordingly. The thought of dogs being allowed to roam freely amongst loved ones’ graves is very upsetting so to obtain a successful prosecution sets a clear precedent that the council will not tolerate this behaviour and will issue penalties when these rules have been ignored.”

Porter received a fine of £70, a victim surcharge of £30 and was ordered to pay the Council’s full costs of £127.50.