By Sophie Norris
A ‘disgusting’ dog owner who ran off after letting their mutt do its business on a neighbour’s DRIVEWAY has been exposed – as the vile incident was caught on CCTV.
Andy Finn, from Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire, set off to work on Thursday [November 16] when he discovered the dog mess left in front of his van so checked his cameras.
The appalling footage shows an elderly woman with white hair letting her pet poo on the drive at
08:56am before she yanks on the dog’s lead and jogs away so that she does not have to clean it up.
Since sharing the footage, Andy has been told the woman has been seen in the area so he believes she is local and hopes to see her prosecuted by exposing her ‘vulgar’ crime.
Andy, 60, said: “I think it’s disgusting. It’s much darker in the early morning and evenings so it’s easier for people to walk in it by accident and then walk it into the house.
“This is a decent area and that is a vulgar crime. The root of the problem is that the punishment does not match the crime. That’s the trouble.
“My house is on the route to a primary school and children’s play park. It’s dangerous and filthy. A lot of the dog walkers seem to be heading towards the park and I hope they pick up after their dogs there.”
After reporting the crime to the environmental officer at Wyre Council and posting the offending footage on Facebook, Andy claims one neighbour suggested he had seen the woman before.
Now he is calling for punishments to be reviewed as he believes most first-time offenders get away with a ‘slap on the wrist’.
Andy said: “I spoke to the environmental officer and he was supposed to come and pick it up but didn’t. Luckily, the rain this weekend meant it was washed away.
“He has had to come out before over dog mess in the area and wanted to speak to the woman as well.
“I’ve had a guy contact me over social media saying he’s seen her before. Someone must know her from the local area – this is a small place. It’s too easy to get away with it.
“The CCTV footage is pretty clear – someone will know this woman. She looked around 65 or 70, with white hair. She may be an older lady but she managed to trot away quick enough.
“Another issue with leaving dog mess around is that it’s a health danger, but they won’t get fined straight away. I’m an ex-dog owner and always managed to pick up its mess.
“I’d like to see this woman prosecuted. Dog owners don’t take the potential punishments seriously enough and most will get away with a slap on the wrist after the first offence.”
A spokesperson from Wyre Council said: “We always encourage our residents to ‘bag it and bin it’ when walking their dogs. Sadly, a minority of people still allow their dogs to make a mess to the nuisance of residents and staff of Wyre.
“That it is why we ask anyone that witnesses an incident to report it to us with as much information as possible, in order for us to investigate and take the appropriate action.”