Dog owners who fail to pick up mess face fines from council staff
More than 30 North Somerset Council staff are now trained to issue penalty notices if they catch dog owners failing to pick up their pet’s mess.
The council has trained all its environmental health, car parking attendants and area officers in order to send a tough message to rogue owners.
Earlier this month, the council launched a campaign to encourage people to report anyone they see failing to pick up dog’s mess.
Those caught on the spot can be fined £75 and also potentially face a £1,000 fine if prosecuted.
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But the council says more help is needed to identify serial offenders.
Cllr Peter Bryant, executive member with responsibility for environmental protection, said most dog owners were responsible and did pick up after their animals, but that there is a small percentage still polluting streets and open areas.
"Allowing your dog to foul and not picking it up is wrong on so many levels," said Cllr Bryant.
"Not only does dog mess pose a health hazard but it is a disgusting anti-social practice that costs the tax payer money to clear up.
"For the sake of the whole community we would urge owners to pick up after their pets. If you don't - we will fine you."
Anyone who sees a dog owner not picking up their pet's mess is asked to report it to the council online at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/dogmess or by calling 01934 888 802.