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Round-the-clock patrols to tackle dog mess in Craven

 Crackdown on dog fouling across Craven - wayne

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 10:10am 23rd March 2018. (Updated at 10:11am 23rd March 2018)

A crackdown on dog fouling has been launched in Craven after a number of complaints from residents.

Council officers have been patrolling the streets in the early mornings, daytime and evenings, looking out for offenders and handing out leaflets and free dog bags to dog walkers.

Councillors and residents in Hellifield and Long Preston have also been campaigning by delivering leaflets through hundreds of doors and urging people to be more responsible.

Any person in charge of a dog who fails to clear up after it, may be issued with a £50 fixed penalty.

The offender will then have 14 days in which to pay the fine or face prosecution in Magistrate's Court, where a maximum fine of £1000 can be imposed.

However, councils across the country find it difficult to catch offenders.

Wayne Gray, Environmental Health Officer at Craven District Council (pictured, with leaflet), said:

“Tackling dog fouling is very important to us because it is one of the biggest concerns among residents.

“We do treat this as a high priority and seek to educate and inform the public.

"We carry out regular patrols and will issue fixed penalty notices to people who don’t clean up after their pets.

“People often ask why we don’t use DNA testing but that doesn’t really work as it depends on the owner registering the dog in the first place – an irresponsible owner is unlikely to do this.

“It’s a tricky problem to solve. People can help – if you witness an irresponsible dog owner who fails to clean up after their dog, please make a note of the date, time and location of the incident, along with a description of the dog and the owner, and report it to us along with their address if you know it.

“We know that most dog owners are responsible – it’s just a small minority who spoil it for the rest of us.”

Schools across the district have also been contacted and Cleaner Neighbourhoods will in partnership with the Dogs Trust deliver a series of educational talks.

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