Dog owners are reprimanded

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DOG wardens and the courts have been cracking down on irresponsible dog owners across St Helens.

Action was taken when Staffordshire bull terrier-type dog attacked a collie that was with its owner in Newton-le-Willows.

The owner of the terrier was ordered to keep his dog under control by ensuring it was on a lead and muzzled when in a public place.

He was also ordered to attend training classes with his dog and pay the vet’s bills for the other dog.

A Whiston man was also ordered to keep his female German Shepherd on a lead and muzzled in a public place after the animal attacked a lurcher-type dog in Stoney Lane, Rainhill. The owner was also ordered to pay costs of £100.

And the owner of two Jack Russells was ordered to pay a total of £515 after his dogs were seen fouling grassland on Brookland Lane Parr – as well as failing to wear identity tags in a public place.

Councillor Joe De’Asha, St Helens Council’s cabinet Member for environmental protection, said: “We will not shy away from tackling issues caused by irresponsible dog owners in our community. We employ a team of experienced and knowledgeable wardens who patrol our borough and will not hesitate to take action if it is deemed necessary.”

Councillor Sue Murphy added: “These verdicts send a very clear message to irresponsible owners. Residents and responsible dog owners should be able to enjoy our public and open spaces without fear of anti-social behaviour involving dogs which aren’t under control.”