An OMA has blasted a Jobworth Council after fined her £1,000 for failing to clear dog poo from her own garden – even though it happened over two years ago.
Alison Dawson, who suffers from anxiety and depression, claims she only found out she was being fined after being shamed by Durham County Council on Facebook last week.
However, the 48-year-old, who has two staffies at her home in South Moor, County Durham, had received notices from the council, including a Community Protection Notice (CPN).
But she ignored numerous letters to remove the rubbish from her yard – and was summoned to appear in court.
A post on Durham County Council’s wardens’ page read: “A South Moor woman has been prosecuted for failing to comply with a Community Protection Notice (CPN)…
“To do this, she had to remove rubbish and dog waste from her garden.
“Alison Dawson, of Mitchell Street, South Moor, ignored advice to remove rubbish from the yard of her property and now faces a total of £1038 in fines and costs.”
Alison, who lives with her daughter, is now not leaving the house after being trolled for not cleaning up the rubbish, which she says she didn’t do because she had Covid.
Speaking about the ordeal, she told The Sun: “I had lost my best friend and I was going through a really bad time.
“The dogs come and go as they please because I sit upstairs most of the time.”
She claimed, “The whole incident happened two years ago, but I only received the letter for the fine earlier this week.”
Social media erupted in a toxic storm over the post, with one user slamming: “Disgusting. It looks like the garden hasn’t been washed from all the greenery growing out of it in a while.”
Another added: “My goodness. I have five dogs and it’s never unkempt or dirty. I feel sorry for the poor dog.”
The two dogs, six-year-old sisters Poppy and Lola, came into Alison’s care after her eldest daughter bought them for her son, who has Down syndrome.
Alison said: “My boyfriend did a lot for me and when I lost him I became suicidal.
“I was blown away by all this and I haven’t slept properly in the past few days.
“Seeing those comments made me feel a lot worse.”
Alison also expressed desperation that pictures of her garden – which show large piles of dog poo piling up in the garden – were plastered all over social media.
But she claimed: “It’s the moss and nettles that make it look bad, not the droppings.
“They didn’t have to put my name on it and it wasn’t new, it was a while ago.”
The Sun Online has reached out to Durham County Council for comment.
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