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    Woman fined £50 for grooming her dogs in public park

    NewsDogs and puppiesTuesday 23 July 2013
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    A woman has received a staggering £50 fine for grooming her dogs in the park after the council imposed an on-the-spot penalty for littering on one of the hottest days of the year

    Tracey Hayes was waiting to pick up her son from football practise at Harror Lodge Park in Hornchurch. As she was waiting she decided that for her dog’s benefits she would brush and comb them to help keep them in good condition on such a hot day. As she was doing this, two council workers drove up beside her, preventing her from picking up the hair and took photographs and then issued an on the spot fine.

    What makes it such shocking behaviour is that the two council workers failed to pick up the hair themselves and just drove away.

    Mrs Hayes commented on the incident and said:

    ‘I always leave the dogs’ hair out in my garden for the birds and I haven’t met a single person to say anything against it.’

    ‘I have owned dogs for over ten years and have never heard of such a law. I can’t deny it wasn’t a lot of hair, but it looked far worse when it was all spread out.

    ‘What has disappointed me most was he was going to give me that fine no matter what – even though I offered to clear it up.’

    Andrew Curtin of Havering Council said that ‘Responsible dog owners groom their pets at home or in their garden, not in public spaces, and especially not in our parks.

    ‘We put a lot of time and effort into keeping our parks clean. Littering anywhere in the borough incurs a fine, whether it’s a single cigarette butt or clumps of dog hairs in a public space.’

    It is not the first time that the council have done such ridiculous things. In 2009 Vanessa Kelly was fined £75 for feeding bread to ducks and the year before Sarah Davies was fined the same amount for dropping a piece of sausage roll while feeding it to her daughter. 

     

     

    Source: Dailymail

    Photo: Dakota Callaway

     

     

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