Council deal with dirty dog owner on Instow beach
Posted on: 22 May 2019
A Bideford resident has been fined £100 for failing to pick up after his dog, as North Devon Council continues its zero tolerance approach to dog fouling.
Last week, following information being received from a member of the public, an offence of fouling was observed on Instow beach. As a result, a man from Bideford was issued with a fixed penalty notice for failing to pick up the mess.
At the time of the offence, a member of the public challenged the dog owner to pick up the mess but he refused. The man’s vehicle registration number was recorded and handed to the council.
Neighbourhood Officer in the Environmental Protection team at North Devon Council, Alan Kyles, says: “This recent fine should demonstrate to the public that we are continuing our clamp down on dog owners who continue to leave this disgusting mess behind for others to deal with. There is absolutely no excuse for failing to pick up after your dog, and we will continue to patrol and act on information given to us from our local residents.
“This case shows that the public really can help us detect environmental offences and we are grateful to all those who are vigilant and inform us when they witness offending such as this. We can’t be everywhere at once so we really do rely on our community to help keep it under control.
“Help us tackle the dog fouling problem; join #TeamNorthDevon, follow our Clear Messages campaign on Facebook and Twitter, and call out anyone you see failing to pick up their dog’s mess.”
Failure to clean up after your dog can result in a fixed penalty notice of £100, with a maximum fine of £1,000. You can report dog fouling online on our website.Posted in: Environment