Offenders ordered to pay over £930 each for breaching a community protection notice and failing to microchip their dog

Published: Monday, 9th March 2020

Kettering Borough Council continues to act on Community Protection Notice offences.

Following a Court hearing at Northampton Magistrates Court on Monday 24th February 2020, Mr Artur Arlauskas and Ms Larisa Aleksandravilute were sentenced for breaching a Community Protection Notice issued in April 2019 by letting their dog run loose, unaccompanied outside their property on more than one occasion.  They were also sentenced for separate offences of failing to have their dog microchipped and failing to co-operate with the Council.

Under The Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015, dog owners must ensure that their pet is microchipped and that the owner’s details are kept up-to-date.

In mitigation, Ms Aleksandravilute advised the Magistrates that she no longer has the dog and admitted that she failed to act when required to do so by the Council.

The charges against Mr Artur Arlauskas and Ms Aleksandravilute were found proven and they were each fined £111 for breaching the Community Protection Notice, £55 for the Microchipping offence, £166.50 for breaching Section 108 of the Environment Act, they were each ordered to pay costs of £465.93 and a Victim Surcharge of £30. In total, each defendant was ordered to pay £939.93.

Shirley Plenderleith, Head of Public Services at Kettering Borough Council, said: “Breaching a Community Protection Notice causes nuisance for members of the public and is taken seriously as it can affect the community’s quality of life. Additionally, Microchipping is the most effective tool for our wardens to reunite dog owners with their lost pets. However, it’s only useful if the information on the chip is kept up-to-date and it is the owner’s legal responsibility to ensure this is done."

Note to Editor

Updating microchip details can be easily done over the phone or online, and can cost as little as £15 depending on the database. You can Request a dog microchipping appointment online at www.kettering.gov.uk/dogs or by calling 01536 410 333.

Kettering Borough Council are reviewing their Dog Control Public Spaces Protection Order which currently applies across the Borough. An extension is now proposed for another three years. To have your say and provide feedback on the dog PSPO, click here to take the survey by Wednesday 11th March.