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Dog fouling offences lead to more penalties

[Thursday 27 September 2012]

Photo - Woman cleaning up after her dog

Three dog owners have been issued with fixed penalty notices over the last week for not cleaning up after pets in North Devon.

Two of the latest penalties were issued in Lynton, while the third was in Combe Martin. Each of the owners immediately paid the notice, which meant the cost was reduced from £75 to £60.

North Devon Council's Executive Member for Environment, Councillor Rodney Cann, says: "These latest cases show we will not tolerate owners who walk away from their dogs' mess. Even more importantly, our local communities are also standing up against the foul practice, with one of these cases as a result of members of the public reporting the owner to us.

"It's simply not acceptable that a few people give other pet owners a bad name. Therefore, I would like to reiterate that if anyone sees an owner failing to clean up after their dog, then they can report it to us, giving us as much information as possible, so that we can try to bring action against them."

The latest fixed penalty notices follow four other penalties that were issued in Ilfracombe three months ago. Of those, three owners paid the charge, whereas court proceedings have now begun against the fourth owner.

Meanwhile, two high-visibility campaigns have recently been carried out in Ilfracombe and Combe Martin to raise awareness of responsible dog ownership. This involved officers and members from North Devon Council, Ilfracombe Town Council and Combe Martin Parish Council, as well as other volunteers. Regular checks by dog wardens and covert operations are also continuing across the district, to try to encourage owners to clean up after their pets.

To report a dog fouling offence, call us on 01271 388870 or send us an email. Information can be left anonymously. However, if possible, please leave your own name and address, so that our investigators can verify the facts, discuss the information and feed back on any action taken.
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