FENLAND: Council steps up patrols in a determined bid to combat dog fouling

PUBLISHED: 17:15 05 May 2009 | UPDATED: 09:02 02 June 2010

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COUNCIL officers have stepped up their patrols across the district in a determined bid to combat dog fouling. The move comes in response to residents calls for tougher action to be taken against irresponsible pet owners. The council has already introduc

COUNCIL officers have stepped up their patrols across the district in a determined bid to combat dog fouling.

The move comes in response to residents' calls for tougher action to be taken against irresponsible pet owners.

The council has already introduced regular patrols in areas where dog fouling has been reported and more litter bins and signs have been provided in problem areas. Now officers are getting out and about earlier in the morning and later in the evening.

A council spokesman said: "With the summer approaching, we want to encourage people to act responsibly so that we can all enjoy the open spaces without treading in dog mess.

"Most people do pick up their pets' mess but there are still too many who leave it behind. While out on patrol, officers speak to dog walkers about the penalties they could incur for not picking up after their pets - fixed penalty notices of £50 may be served. We believe the message is well received by most people; however, a minority are still allowing their dogs to foul."

Meanwhile, council officers have also been attending community events to discuss local environmental issues and gather information about any issues of concern. Free "poop bags" are being given to dog walkers.

Anyone wishing to report a local environmental problem or discuss what they can do to improve their own environment should phone the council on 01354 654321 or call into their local Fenland@your service shop.

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