Am I a victim or an irresponsible dog owner?
Last week I stopped to talk to a gentleman at a fence at Seaton Sluice Harbour with my dog.
I was then approached by a man asking if that dog was mine, and he made me aware that it had fouled next to the fence two yards away from me.
I was in an impossible place for me to see and at no time did I see the dog fouling or attempt to move away from where it had been fouled.
As soon as I was made aware of the dog fouling I picked it up.
Then he said he was an animal welfare officer and I would be getting a £75 on the spot fine.
I replied I did not see the dog fouling, his reply was that he did observe me talking and agreed I did not see the dog fouling, but they have nil tolerance policy.
The attitude of this individual was curt and sharp, almost to the point of bordering aggressive and intimidating.
I feel as he agreed he knew I did not see the dog foul that a slap on the wrist would be sufficient.
I only have his word that it was my dog that had fouled.
I am reluctant to pay this fine but the law says I have to.
Is this the same as the parking ticket racket in Blyth clawing monies back through fines?