TWO men from Pendle were ordered to pay £320 for allowing their dogs to foul.

Howard Lewin, aged 45, of Chad Street, Colne failed to appear at Reedley Magistrates’ Court.

But the case was proved in his absence and he was found guilty.

A dog warden witnessed a dog straying and fouling in Junction Street, Colne last August. The dog was traced back to Lewin who was issued with a fixed penalty notice, which he did not pay.

Magistrates found Lewin guilty of the dog-fouling incident and fined him £110, and ordered him to pay a £15 victim surcharge.

In a separate case, Clinton Eyers 33, of Poplar Street, Nelson, also failed to appear before Reedley magistrates.

He was also found guilty and fined £110, and ordered to pay £70 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

Eyers was witnessed allowing his dog to foul on in June last year on Walton Street, Colne.

Coun John David, from Pendle Council, said: “Picking up a dog’s waste is part and parcel of being a dog owner.

“If you’re not prepared to do that, then you really shouldn’t have a dog.

He added: “We do follow up on reports and have an excellent track record of fining and prosecuting irresponsible dog owners.”