Dog fouling fines increased by North Devon Council
NORTH Devon Council has increased its dog fouling fine from �50 to �75 for people who do not pick up after their pet. It has taken advantage of recent changes to dog control legislation to impose the stiffer penalty. While the majority of dog owners ar
NORTH Devon Council has increased its dog fouling fine from �50 to �75 for people who do not pick up after their pet.
It has taken advantage of recent changes to dog control legislation to impose the stiffer penalty.
While the majority of dog owners are responsible and clean up after their pets, a careless few are still giving dogs a bad name as well as spoiling the district for other residents, tourists and businesses.
North Devon Council's Lead Member for Environmental Health, Cllr Pat Barker, said: "Increasing our fixed penalty fines from �50 to �75 is sending out a clear message to local dog owners - we take dog fouling very seriously. Dog mess can pose a serious health risk to young children as well as making North Devon a dirty and smelly place for residents and visitors.
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"Failing to pick up after your dog in North Devon can result in an on-the-spot fine of �75. If the fine is paid within 14 days this amount is dropped to �65. However, if the fine isn't paid the owner may be taken to court and could end up paying �1,000 plus court costs of over �500 - a lot of money for a little bit of mess.
When it comes to prosecuting people it's very important to have witnesses, which is why the council relies so much on local people to provide information about who is offending, where and when.
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Cllr Barker said: "Our dog wardens can't be everywhere at once, so if you are getting annoyed and frustrated by someone who doesn't pick up after their dog then please let us know. If possible tell us the name and address of the offender or failing that a description of the person and their pet, and even just the times and location could be enough to catch them in the act."
To report a dog fouling offence call the council on (01271) 388870 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.