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Burton crackdown on dog fouling issue

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 14, 2014

By Rob Smyth

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COUNCIL chiefs are reminding people that there is 'no excuse for not cleaning up after their dogs'.

Senior bosses at East Staffordshire Borough Council are cracking down on nuisance dog owners who leave mess strewn across the area.

It was also revealed that concerns had been raised about parents who are sending their children out to walk their dogs without providing them with bags to clean up after their dog has fouled.

Sonia Andjelkovic, deputy leader for regulatory services, said: "Cleaning up after your dog has fouled is the law no matter who is walking them.

"Should you be seen by an authorised council officer not cleaning up you will be issued a £75 fixed penalty notice and possible prosecution at magistrates' court and a fine of up to £1,000.

"If any member of the public knows of a dog owner who fails to pick up and can supply the name, address, time, date and place of offence, they can contact the community and civil enforcement team who will try to catch the offenders, issue a fixed penalty notice and proceed to prosecution where necessary."

A spokesman for the borough council said: "Every dog owner has a responsibility to ensure that their dog does not cause a nuisance to others.

"This means that as owners must comply with certain laws, most of these are straightforward and are there to ensure that people and dogs can live happily and safely in the community.

"Please note that used bags must be properly secured after use and can be disposed of in a council litter bin, specialist dog fouling bin or take it home and dispose of in your grey wheeled bin. Or people can use any other bag found in the home.

"There is no excuse for not cleaning up after your dog."

Issues can be reported by calling 01283 508856 or emailing community.civil_enforcement@eaststaffsbc.gov.uk

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