Dog mess fine prompts zero tolerance plan

Fylde Council wants walkers to make sure they pick up dog dirt
Fylde Council wants walkers to make sure they pick up dog dirt
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Dog walkers are being warned about a council’s tough approach towards people who do not clean up after their pets.

Fylde Council is repeating its ‘zero tolerance’ warning to errant pet owners after a dog walker was issued with a £50 fixed penalty notice.

Residents have a right to healthy and clean open spaces and most dog-owners recognise that and act responsibly

The man was on Ramsgate Road Playing Fields in St Annes when a dog warden saw the man’s dog foul. The owner showed no signs of wanting to remove the mess and, when challenged, said he did not have poop-scoop bags.

Coun David Eaves, chairman of Fylde Council’s operational management committee, said: “Dog-dirt is highly unpleasant and can even cause blindness so we simply have a blanket zero tolerance approach.

“Residents have a right to healthy and clean open spaces and most dog-owners recognise that and act responsibly.

“Sadly there is a minority of owners who can’t be bothered, so we now have our dog wardens working weekends, evenings and early mornings.”

Anyone wanting to report dog-fouling can call (01253) 658658 or email listening@fylde.gov.uk.