The owner of a dog grooming business in South Ribble has been fined over concerns of “foul odors” coming from the premises.
South Ribble Borough Council has successfully sued the owner of Pretty Pups Dog Grooming at Lostock Hall over what council described as “residents’ concern over foul odors.”
The council’s environmental health department took action after receiving complaints about the strong smell of dog feces and urine emanating from the backyard of the Watkin Lane business.
Company owner Rachel Calvert was contacted and asked to clean the yard regularly.
However, that didn’t lead to any improvement, the council said.
The council took action against Ms Calvert, issuing her a Community Protection Notice (CPN) formally demanding that the yard be cleaned regularly.
But other complaints were received, resulting in the service of a fixed penalty notice for breach of the EIC.
These were ignored and the yard still has not been cleaned as required.
Due to the continued non-compliance, the board took the businesswoman to court.
Preston Magistrates’ Court found Ms Calvert guilty in her absence of four CPN offenses.
She was fined a total of £ 584, including costs £ 100 and a victim fine surcharge of £ 44.
Councilor Mick Titherington, Cabinet Member for Health and Welfare, said: “We will always try to work with individuals with the aim of resolving any issue that affects the local community.
“However, in this case it was not possible.
“While it is unfortunate that this step had to be taken, the council will always act to uphold public health standards for the benefit of residents and the community at large.”
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