Council steps up dogs’ mess patrols

Council warning after more complaints about dog mess

Dog owners across North Devon are being reminded to clean up after their pets or they could face on the spot penalties.

Environmental Health Officers from North Devon Council have boosted patrols in Barnstaple, Ilfracombe and on the Tarka Trail following an increase in the number of complaints from the public about dog fouling. Their aim is to educate people who don’t pick up after their pets and enforce penalties where necessary.

Over the last year, the enforcement team has been giving out more fixed penalty notices and taken more offenders to court. In the last month five fixed penalty notices were issued and of these incidents, two are going to court.

Lead Member for Environmental Health, Councillor Pat Barker says: “There is no excuse for owners not cleaning up after their pets and the council will not tolerate this. Apart from being unpleasant, dog faeces can present a serious health hazard, particularly to young children.

“When walking a dog always carry a poop scoop or a plastic bag. Then place any faeces in a dog-waste bin or take them home. There are 100 dog bins throughout the district so there is no reason not to act responsibly.”

Owners who do not clean up after their dogs face a �75 fixed penalty notice or a maximum fine of �1,000 if the incident goes to court.

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Devon and Cornwall Police Sergeant Mark Harper says: “We are aware of just how important the issues surrounding dog fouling are to the residents of North Devon. Our regular Pact meetings have been used to raise such issues. Our officers are working closely with the Environmental Health team to reduce the problems in our key areas.

“There have been some excellent results recently with clean operations and enforcement and education in Ilfracombe. We are now in the process of setting up further initiatives in Barnstaple and the surrounding towns and villages.”

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