A dog owner who told council officers “give me the fine” has been handed a £570 bill by magistrates, after failing to pay a fixed penalty notice.
Nicola Salayova allowed her dog to roam unsupervised without a lead on the public highway - and when given the option of a court hearing or accepting an £80 fixed penalty notice, said: “Give me the fine.”
But Salayova, 44, of Vine Street, Abbey Hey, did not pay - and was taken to court after ignoring a reminder letter.
On 20 January 2015, council officers visiting Vine Street spotted a small white Terrier roaming off the lead. Believing they recognised the dog from a previous incident, the officers visited an address on Vine Street to investigate. At the address, Salayova confirmed the dog was hers.
Interviewing her under caution, officers informed Salayova that she had committed an offence breaching dog control orders.
Salayova was found guilty in her absence of breaching a dog control order at Manchester Magistrates’ Court on 12 August 2015. She was fined £300, with £234 costs and a £30 victim of crime surcharge.
A separate prosecution for breaching a dog control order saw Brenda Nanta, 64, of Gladeside Road, Benchill, fined £200 plus £235 costs and a £20 victim of crime surcharge.
On 21 January 2015, council animal welfare officers saw an unsupervised black cross-breed dog wandering on Gladeside Road.
Attempting to capture the dog, officers pursued it to the front garden of a house.
A member of the public advised the officers that the dog’s owner lived at a neighbouring property.
Nanta answered the door to officers and, under caution, confirmed she was responsible for the dog when it had got out.
She was advised of the offence committed and accepted a fixed penalty notice. However, Nanta did not pay the fine despite a reminder letter being sent and at a hearing on 12 August, was found guilty in her absence of breaching a dog control order.
Councillor Yasmine Dar, Manchester City Council’s Assistant Executive Member for Neighbourhoods said: "The vast majority of Manchester’s dog owners are responsible and keep their animals under control.
"While we recognise it is important for dogs to be exercised, we will not hesitate to prosecute anyone found to be breaching dog control orders.
"The size of the fines show the courts agree with us about the scale of the offence. These rules are in place to protect the public and of course the dogs themselves."