Rotherham Council is taking a tough approach to filthy gardens after a Maltby householder was taken to court for not clearing dog dirt from her back yard.
Stephanie Woodward was found guilty at Rotherham Magistrates’ Court for allowing her dog to repeatedly foul the rear yard of her Maltby home in Nelson Road.
In April this year officers from Rotherham Council’s Community Protection Unit found a large amount of dog faeces covering the rear yard of the property.
This was the third time it had to be cleared and was in direct breach of an abatement notice served on Woodward in October 2012.
She failed to appear for the court hearing on 22nd May.
Magistrates fined her £400, ordered her to pay £442.17 costs and a £40 victim surcharge.
The council said it was a ‘clear message for those who ignore their responsibilities’.