Council aims to stamp out dog fouling

Campaign launched to tackle dogs’ mess on the streets of Ilfracombe.

THE authorities have launched a campaign in Ilfracombe to crack down on dog fouling.

District and town council officers as well as police and street champions will be taking to the streets throughout the week to highlight a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to dog mess.

They will also be offering ‘poop scoop’ bags plus advice to dog owners and residents.

“Despite warning it’s an offence not to clean up after their dogs, there is a small minority of owners here who still continue to ignore this,” said Councillor Rodney Cann, North Devon Council executive member for environment.

“We need to crack this, which is why we’re going onto the streets with this latest campaign. Our aim is to prevent it from happening in the first place.

“However, we also have a very clear warning - that if we do catch irresponsible owners, we will take action.”

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Ilfracombe Town Councillor Anne Thomas said she was pleased the campaign was taking place:

“It is partly due to the strength of feeling of residents, voiced on the town council forum over the past few months, which has brought this to the attention of NDC,” she said.

The district council is encouraging residents to report incidents, by giving details such as names, addresses or car registrations of those responsible to enable investigations to be carried out.

Dog owners ‘caught walking away’ from their dog’s mess face a fixed penalty of �75, reduced to �60 if they pay within 14 days. If the fine is not paid, the owner can be taken to court and prosecuted.

To report a dog fouling offence, phone 01271 388870 or email

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