Don’t forget to pick up after your dog

Posted on: 31 January 2017

Two North Devon dog owners have been issued with fixed penalty notices for failing to pick up after their dogs.

North Devon Council’s Neighbourhood Officers caught the dog owners in the act following reports from local residents in Lynmouth and Combe Martin.

They were each issued with fixed penalty notices of £75, reduced to £60 as they were paid within 14 days. North Devon Council’s Executive Member for Environment, Councillor Rodney Cann, says: “Dog owners who don’t pick up their dogs’ mess are breaking the law and these latest cases show we are serious about cracking down on dirty dog owners.

“It’s really important that local residents report dog fouling to us, so we can investigate and catch the culprits. Our Neighbourhood Officers also investigate reports of littering, fly-tipping and stray dogs, so if you have any information about these issues in your neighbourhood please get in touch.”

Local ward member for Lynton and Lynmouth, Councillor John Patrinos said: “I’m very pleased to hear the council has taken action against dog fouling in Lynmouth. We also have a team of local volunteers who make patrols around the village to try and educate dog owners about the importance of picking up after their dogs. It’s something they are working hard to reduce.”

Local ward member for Combe Martin, Councillor Yvette Gubb, says: “The parish council has been very active in the village, trying to prevent dog fouling. Hopefully this latest action from the council will help to prevent further cases and send a strong message to dog owners who aren’t picking up their dogs’ mess.”

Vice-chair of Combe Martin Parish Council, Julia Clark, says: “For the past two years a small group of parish councillors and interested villagers have patrolled Combe Martin in high-vis jackets on the lookout for dog faeces and the dog owners. We have done this regularly and this action has been well received within the village. We will be doing another patrol shortly.”

You can report dog fouling online at www.northdevon.gov.uk/environment, email customerservices@northdevon.gov.uk or call 01271 388870. Give as much information as possible about the dog, its owner, the time and location of the incidents to help the council investigate.

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