Public urged to shop irresponsible dog downers

Clean up after your animal or face a fine, says council

PEOPLE are being urged to report irresponsible dog owners who don’t clear up after their pets.

North Devon Council is asking residents to give them descriptions, names or addresses of offenders in a bid to crack down on dog fouling in local parks, and on beaches and pavements.

Dog owners who are caught face a fixed penalty fine of �75 and can be taken to court and prosecuted if the fine is not paid.

Councillor Rodney Cann, executive member for environment, said: “While the majority of owners are responsible and pick up after their pet, an inconsiderate few are still failing to clean up their act.

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“Quite simply, allowing dogs to foul our public spaces is unacceptable and can be a health hazard, especially to young children.

“If anyone has any information about irresponsible owners, we want to know about it so we can hold them accountable.”

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The council has a dog warden service, but said it was impractical for the wardens to permanently watch hot-spot areas in the hope of witnessing irresponsible owners.

Launching the initiative this week with dog welfare charity, Dogs Trust, the authority said it needed residents to help built a case against irresponsible owners.

Claire Joselin, from Dogs Trust Ilfracombe, said: “We’re keen to promote responsible dog ownership and one way to do that is to talk to people face-to-face to re-emphasise the importance of cleaning up after our dogs.

“As part of this initiative, we have been giving out free poo bags to owners, as well as advice.

“This has been well received and we hope other dog owners will take note and make sure they also clean up after their pets.”

To report a dog fouling offence, telephone (01271) 388870 or email

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