A DOG owner who let her pet foul in Cuerden Valley Country Park and made no attempt to clear up the mess has been fined £50.

Kelly Haydon, 20, of Laburnum Avenue, Lostock Hall, pleaded guilty to letting the dog foul the land after originally appealing a fixed penalty notice issued by Chorley Council.

Magistrates heard that Haydon was walking her brown springer spaniel dog with another lady in August this year when the dog, which was off the lead, fouled in the park.

A Chorley Council Neighbourhood Officer on patrol witnessed the incident and saw that neither woman made an attempt to clean up the mess.

He identified the owner of the dog and issued her with a £50 fixed penalty notice. Haydon unsuccessfully tried to appeal the penalty notice before writing to the council to say she wouldn’t be paying the fine.

Councillor Eric Bell, who is responsible for keeping the environment in Chorley clean, said: “This is yet another example of people walking their dog and not knowing what it has been doing because it is behind them.

“I can’t stress how important it is that people keep their dogs under close control at all times. If a child had come into contact with this dog mess the larvae can cause severe tissue damage and even blindness.

“I would urge anyone who walks their dog in any park to clean up after their pet or risk getting a fixed penalty notice.

“If you see someone not clearing up after their pet I’d urge you to report it to us on 01257 515151 or at www.chorley.gov.uk/dogfouling.”

Haydon was fined £50 and ordered to pay £50 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.