Last Updated: 20 Feb 2019 8:02am
Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council has successfully prosecuted a Snodland man for breaching a Community Protection Notice requiring him to keep his dogs under control.
Mr David Lee of Saltings Road, Snodland, pleaded guilty to five breaches of the Community Protection Notice, which was issued in March 2018 following multiple complaints to the Borough Council that Mr Lee had failed to keep his dogs under control while in a public place despite numerous warnings that he must do so.
The Court heard that Mr Lee had allowed his two dogs, both Border Collies, to be out of control and aggressive towards pedestrians and other dogs (including attacks on other dogs) on numerous occasions since August 2017 and that he had ignored multiple warning letters from Tonbridge and Malling’s Dog Warden telling him that he must keep the dogs on a lead when in a public place. In October 2017, Mr Lee was given a Community Protection Warning telling him that he would receive a Community Protection Notice if he failed to control his dogs. This too was ignored and so the Community Protection Notice was issued (March 2018).
Unfortunately, Mr Lee failed to comply with the Community Protection Notice and so, having received numerous further reports of the dogs being out of control, the Council decided to prosecute.
Mr Lee pleaded guilty at Medway Magistrates’ Court on 30 January 2019 to five charges of breaching the Community Protection Notice. He was fined £100 for each of the five charges. He was also ordered to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £30.
Cllr David Lettington, Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council's Cabinet Member for Street Scene and Environment Services, said: "Nobody wants to encounter an aggressive and out of control dog while they are out and about and there’s no doubt that Mr Lee’s continued failure to keep his dogs on a lead had a detrimental effect on the quality of life of people and other pets living nearby. I’m pleased that the Court has acknowledged Mr Lee’s flagrant disregard for the Community Protection Notice and that justice has been served.”
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