Dog owners hit with fines for fouling pets

Coun Seve Gomez Aspron has praised efforts to punish dog owners who allow their pets to foul on public land
Coun Seve Gomez Aspron has praised efforts to punish dog owners who allow their pets to foul on public land

Council officials have fined 29 dog walkers during a week-long blitz on irresponsible pet owners.

The clampdown was launched before the Whit holidays and saw dog owners hit with £80 fixed penalty notices.

This initiative has been deliberately introduced on the run up to the school holiday period and sends out a clear message – the council will not tolerate this behaviour and will adopt whatever tactics are needed to identify and deal with offenders

Coun Seve Gomez-Aspron

Patrols took place during the early morning and evening times.

Operation ‘Dawn and Dusk’ patrols were introduced to identify irresponsible dog owners allowing their dogs to foul public areas outside of the perceived standard working hours of council Environmental Wardens.

The initiative comes just prior to the school holiday period, which will see a huge increase in the numbers of children and families using the boroughs parks and playing fields.

Coun Seve Gomez-Aspron, cabinet member for Green, Smart and Sustainable Borough, said: “This initiative has been deliberately introduced on the run up to the school holiday period and sends out a clear message – the council will not tolerate this behaviour and will adopt whatever tactics are needed to identify and deal with offenders.

“Fixed penalties are offered for most first offences but we will prosecute were necessary, and in all cases for repeat offenders. The public deserve to have parks and open green spaces which they and especially their children, can be proud of and enjoy.

He added: “I would encourage everyone to report dog fouling and those responsible for it to the council. If you are in charge of a dog then it’s

your responsibility to clean up after it.

“Not keeping an eye on your dog or forgetting to take bags will not be accepted as excuses.”