Irresponsible dog walkers had better watch out - even taking out a friend’s canine companion could see you run foul.
Such was the case of a lady who has received a Fixed Penalty Notice after allowing a dog to foul on a public footpath in Brookenby and failed to pick it up.
West Lindsey District Council says the offence was caught-on-camera by a “community-spirited resident” on their personal CCTV.
“Faced with images from CCTV evidence, the lady admitted to the crime and has been issued with a £50 fixed penalty notice for the offence. “Even though she was walking the dog on behalf of someone she cares for and returned the following day to remove the excrement. The offence had already been committed,” said a council statement.
Dog fouling, said the council, is a real issue for communities but it cannot take action without a credible witness statement.
Gaynor Allen, anti-social behaviour officer, urges people witnessing dog fouling to report it to help the council catch the culprits.
“It is impossible for officers to be out on the ground to catch these people, it’s so important that members of the public stand up to these unsociable dog owners and come forward and provide officers with information. This is not just a council problem and we can only tackle the issue effectively with help from residents,” she said.
Brookenby ward councillor Tom Regis said having the public report fouling offences shows dog owners the offence is something the community will not tolerate and this case this case shows irresponsible dog owners they cannot get away with it.
“Good dog ownership is about clearing up after your dog as much as anything else. Dog mess is unpleasant for everyone and it’s a serious health risk as it can cause toxocara canis, which is a terrible disease for a child to get. It’s not difficult for people to clean it up and put it into a dog bin or take it home,” he said.
The Dog Fouling of Land Act 1996 allows West Lindsey District Council to issue £50 fixed penalty notices to people who do not clean up after their pets. If the fixed penalty is not paid, culprits face a fine of up to £1,000 at magistrates’ court.