Dog groomer Hailey Roebuck was walking three dogs through a cemetery in Almondbury, West Yorkshire, when she decided to let ageing mutt Emley off her leash for a few seconds.
But after just 30 seconds Hailey said she was warned by a member of the public to put her back on a lead.
Moments later, enforcement officers from private firm Kingdom - contracted by Kirklees Council - emerged from an everyday family car with no official markings. They told her that even though the dog was now on the lead they had witnessed it off the lead, and slapped Hailey with a £75 fine.Quite right, rules are rules.
But I can't help but wonder if they'd have been so quick to pounce if instead of a lone female with an aging, docile crossbreed, the culprit had been a strapping young man with the usual chav breed at heel....