The risks of dog fouling - and the selfish attitude of owners who don’t clean up after their pets - are being highlighted as part of the new Foul Play campaign launched by St Helens Council.
The campaign is being launched in response to this year’s Community Safety Survey – which saw residents voting dog fouling as their biggest environmental anti-social behaviour concern.
Posters and flyers supporting the campaign will be distributed through vets’ surgeries, council buildings and pet stores.
St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Housing, Planning and Community Safety, Councillor Richard McCauley said: “The message is simple - not clearing up after your dog is anti-social, selfish and an offence. Owners could receive an £80 fixed penalty notice, or if it goes to court, a maximum fine of £1,000!
“You must clean up immediately if your dog fouls. Not being aware that your dog has fouled while out straying, or is out of sight, is not an acceptable excuse. Free poop scoop bags are available from all libraries, housing providers, council offices and ranger bases in parks.”
The campaign will also see the Dog Welfare Enforcement Team out and about across the borough, promoting the message during monthly roadshows and
offering dog owners free microchipping services and health checks, in conjunction with the Dogs Trust.
You can meet the team at the following locations from 10am to 3.30pm:
· The Duckeries, Open Space Derbyshire Hill Road (October 23)
· Holt Lane Open Space, Rainhill (18 November 18)
· Sherdley Park, Sherdley Road, Sutton (February 13)
As the campaign was about to launch, a St Helens man was facing payments of nearly £600 after allowing his dog to foul and failing to clean up afterwards.
St Helens Magistrates fined him £175 after he failed to pay an £80 fixed penalty within the prescribed 14 days. He was also fined a similar amount for providing false or inaccurate details to the council officer who witnessed the incident - an offence under Section 61 of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005.
On top of that, he was also ordered to pay 50 per cent of the £228.34 costs claimed by the council plus a £20 victim surcharge - making a total of £598.34 for the dog fouling offence.
For more information about the campaign contact the Dog Welfare Enforcement Team on: 01744 676338.