Council cracks down on dirty dog owners in Newport

Councillor Leaver and Alan Kyle in Newport

Posted on: 7 March 2019

Dog owners in Newport are being reminded to pick up after their pets, following an increase in dog fouling in the area.

Recent reports of a steady rise in dog fouling in the green spaces and footpaths of Fairacre Estate, Convent Close, St Josephs Close and the play area at Jordan’s Close in Newport, Barnstaple have prompted a visit from North Devon Council’s Environmental Protection team.

On Monday 25 February, one of Newport’s ward members and the Council’s Neighbourhood Officer patrolled the area; talking to dog walkers about their responsibilities and the consequences of their actions, handing out dog fouling leaflets, putting up new signs and letting local residents know what they could do to help catch those responsible. The council will continue to keep a close eye on the problem over the coming weeks with more patrols, engaging with dog owners who have been identified to them, and issuing fixed penalty notices to anyone caught in the act.

Local ward member for Newport, Councillor Caroline Leaver, says: “Many residents have told me of their dismay about the amount of dog mess they see on green spaces, pavements and roads. As a dog owner and mum I share their concerns. Most dog owners do pick up after their dogs, and understand their responsibilities. A small number of dog owners, however, do not clean up after their dogs every time leaving this dangerous and horrible mess for everyone to deal with. Often its when they think no-one is watching. Sometimes they pick up and leave the bags hanging in hedges. It is an offence not to clear up dog foul, and it is not acceptable to leave it. Residents in Newport have really helped the Environmental Protection team by identifying some dog owners who repeatedly do not pick up after their dogs. I would like to thank everyone who is contributing to cleaning up Newport, and encourage further reporting of incidents of dog foul being left by owners. Newport deserves better.”

Executive Member for Environment, Councillor Rodney Cann, says: “We have been working hard to raise awareness of dog fouling, both the negative effects it has on how our district looks and also how angry and upset it makes people. We can’t be everywhere at once so we really do rely on our community to help keep it under control – let us know where the problems are, report it to us online and call out those you see failing to pick up their dog’s mess. Join #TeamNorthDevon and follow our Clear Messages campaign on Facebook and Twitter.”

Failure to clean up after your dog can result in a fixed penalty notice of £100, or a prosecution with a maximum fine of £1,000. You can report dog fouling online at www.northdevon.gov.uk/dogs.

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