East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s dog wardens have fined six dog owners in the last few weeks for failing to clean up their dog’s mess.
The owners have each been issued with £75 fixed penalty notices. Failure to pay could land them in court with fines of up to £1,000.
All six were witnessed by the wardens as part of the council’s clamp down on irresponsible dog owners who fail to clean up after their dogs have fouled.
Three of the six were caught on King George V playing fields, Hessle, on 3, 5 and 18 March. The others were on 12 February in Mill Lane, Kirkella, 2 March on the Market Weighton playing fields, and 4 March in Wilberfoss.
Councillor Jackie Cracknell, portfolio holder for community involvement and performance, said: “In one way it is good news that these six have been caught by the dog wardens. But looking at it another way it is six people who let their dogs make a mess and then thought they could just leave it for others to step in.
“It is a tiny minority of owners that are causing this nuisance and there is absolutely no excuse for not cleaning up, for example, on playing fields where you know children will be running around.
“We need the public’s help in dealing with this minority. If you know of a dog that runs loose around the streets or you see an owner who persistently fails to clean up, call us on 01482 396301 or contact us through the council’s site, www.eastriding.gov.uk.”
The council is the first in the UK to launch a scheme to enlist the support of local councils to tackle the nuisance of dog fouling. Last autumn it launched a free course open to all East Riding town and parish councils. The aim is to provide a joined-up evidence link across the East Riding.
So far, 19 local councils have attended the course with a further 17 due to take part over the coming weeks. A further 39 have been invited to future courses. It is hoped by the council that all 168 will take part.
Councils attending the course are trained in the levels of evidence needed to serve fixed penalty notices. By working closely together the councils should achieve high quality evidence, ensuring a quick and firm response and increased numbers of fixed penalty notices.