'Clean up after your pets' plea as dog fouling increases

FOUL PLAY: Dog dirt

FOUL PLAY: Dog dirt

First published in News

DOG owners in Darlington are being called on to clear up after their pets that are fouling the borough's parks and pavements.

Darlington Borough Council’s dog wardens and Street Scene teams have seen an increase in reports from people about dog mess.

The council says an increase is typical for the time of year, when many pet owners walk their dogs at night and leave the mess for others to deal with.

Wardens report that more children and young people were walking dogs during the Christmas school holidays and often not cleaning up after them.

Councillor Nick Wallis, the council’s cabinet member for local environment, said: “I find it very hard to believe that people still find it acceptable to let their dogs foul our streets and just leave it there.

“I am sure they would not want people to let their dogs mess in their front garden or path and just leave it.

“There are plenty of dog poo bags available from many shops to scoop up dog mess – and these bags can be put in any bin, not just our special dog bins.”

People are asked to report ‘repeat offenders’ - those people who walk their dog on the same route at the same time each day and do not clean up after their dog.

The council’s dog wardens will then try to be there at the same time on a future occasion, to talk to the dog owner or to witness them not cleaning up after their dog.

A fine of £75 can be issued to people who fail to clean up dog dirt.

People can become 'street champions', who are volunteers that are the eyes and ears on the streets to help improve the environment by reporting incidences such as dog fouling, littering and fly-tipping.

Raising any concerns that locals have with the police at local Partners and Communities Together (Pact) meetings is also a way to tackle the problem.

Reports of dog fouling can be made anonymously. Call 01325-388777, email dishthedirt@darlington.gov.uk or visit darlington.gov.uk/reportit

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1:21pm Fri 11 Jan 13

stevegg says...

I can remember when around 20 years ago virtually no one picked up dog mess apart from a tiny minority of concentious people, certainly when I was growing up no one did at all and no one batted an eyelid. Why is dog fouling a police issue, is there anything the police are not responsible for?
I can remember when around 20 years ago virtually no one picked up dog mess apart from a tiny minority of concentious people, certainly when I was growing up no one did at all and no one batted an eyelid. Why is dog fouling a police issue, is there anything the police are not responsible for? stevegg
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2:49pm Fri 11 Jan 13

Mike2012 says...

So it should be a Police issue! Try going for a run through a park (or any street for that matter) and then maybe you'll understand why ALOT of people take offence to this disgusting habit of not cleaning up after your pet. Too many irresponsible/ignora
nt dog owners around who just could'nt care less.....
So it should be a Police issue! Try going for a run through a park (or any street for that matter) and then maybe you'll understand why ALOT of people take offence to this disgusting habit of not cleaning up after your pet. Too many irresponsible/ignora nt dog owners around who just could'nt care less..... Mike2012
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4:16pm Fri 11 Jan 13

TALGO1 says...

It is discusting, typical of some people .. if they can get away with it they think its allright.. Its not just Dog owners .. Most Cat owners are highly irresponsable too they just let their cats sh1t anywhere. I know I am presented with a nice present from next doors cat on my front garden most mornings !!
It is discusting, typical of some people .. if they can get away with it they think its allright.. Its not just Dog owners .. Most Cat owners are highly irresponsable too they just let their cats sh1t anywhere. I know I am presented with a nice present from next doors cat on my front garden most mornings !! TALGO1
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4:23pm Fri 11 Jan 13

who listens anyway? says...

I've had to change the route i use to walk my children to school because of the amount of dog mess on the paths, its disgusting and any owner found not cleaning up after their dog should be fined the same way as fly tippers are ! And the council need to do more patrols in hotspot areas, some of the dog mess has been sat for days and only disappears when / if it rains. I have never seen the council cleaning the footpaths, even when reported.
I've had to change the route i use to walk my children to school because of the amount of dog mess on the paths, its disgusting and any owner found not cleaning up after their dog should be fined the same way as fly tippers are ! And the council need to do more patrols in hotspot areas, some of the dog mess has been sat for days and only disappears when / if it rains. I have never seen the council cleaning the footpaths, even when reported. who listens anyway?
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4:52pm Fri 11 Jan 13

Mackam says...

I am a dog owner who walks his dog 4 times a day along the same stretch of road. I know at one end of the street, the same dog owner allows his dog to defecate within the space of 15 yards. This happens probably 3 times a week. I will find out who this owner is because and personally deliver all this animals crap right through his letterbox. Totally unbelievably selfish.
I am a dog owner who walks his dog 4 times a day along the same stretch of road. I know at one end of the street, the same dog owner allows his dog to defecate within the space of 15 yards. This happens probably 3 times a week. I will find out who this owner is because and personally deliver all this animals crap right through his letterbox. Totally unbelievably selfish. Mackam
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5:53pm Fri 11 Jan 13

Apocalypse Later says...

Bet you don't.
Bet you don't. Apocalypse Later
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11:14pm Fri 11 Jan 13

me2earth says...

The council need to have a look at the state of the foot paths on Salisbury terrace or as i like to call it dog sh1t ally.I feel sorry for the people living on that street having that level of mess outside their front doors every day. The level of dog mess on the paths have been so bad that it was easier to walk on the road than to constantly dodge and weave piles of crap!
The council need to have a look at the state of the foot paths on Salisbury terrace or as i like to call it dog sh1t ally.I feel sorry for the people living on that street having that level of mess outside their front doors every day. The level of dog mess on the paths have been so bad that it was easier to walk on the road than to constantly dodge and weave piles of crap! me2earth
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12:47am Sat 12 Jan 13

???Clubber??? says...

THE WORST PLACE IS AT PARK LANE MORE SH*T THEN PAVEMENT !!!
THE WORST PLACE IS AT PARK LANE MORE SH*T THEN PAVEMENT !!! ???Clubber???
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12:07pm Sat 12 Jan 13

glyn says...

I am a dog owner who walks his dog 4 times a day along the same stretch of road. I know at one end of the street, the same dog owner allows his dog to defecate within the space of 15 yards. This happens probably 3 times a week. I will find out who this owner is because and personally deliver all this animals crap right through his letterbox. Totally unbelievably selfish.”

Mackam, How do you know its the same owner, same dog?
If you know this, you have seen them, as such you know who it is. You can carry out your threat, unless its you and your dog?

The problem in question is nationwide and what makes me madder is people who pick it up because somebody is watching, then throwing the little black bag in a tree.
I am a dog owner who walks his dog 4 times a day along the same stretch of road. I know at one end of the street, the same dog owner allows his dog to defecate within the space of 15 yards. This happens probably 3 times a week. I will find out who this owner is because and personally deliver all this animals crap right through his letterbox. Totally unbelievably selfish.” Mackam, How do you know its the same owner, same dog? If you know this, you have seen them, as such you know who it is. You can carry out your threat, unless its you and your dog? The problem in question is nationwide and what makes me madder is people who pick it up because somebody is watching, then throwing the little black bag in a tree. glyn
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3:22pm Sat 12 Jan 13

st-george1 says...

The litter and dog sh*t dropping LAW is not enforced anywhere in the UK ... thanks to the new Police Crime Commisioners, Police, PCSOs and Councillors who live amongst it all the time who do nothing and have absolutely no pride in their areas, just like the untouchable dog-owners ...
The worst place that I've seen in the North East is Redcar & Cleveland ... unless someone knows of somewhere worse !
The litter and dog sh*t dropping LAW is not enforced anywhere in the UK ... thanks to the new Police Crime Commisioners, Police, PCSOs and Councillors who live amongst it all the time who do nothing and have absolutely no pride in their areas, just like the untouchable dog-owners ... The worst place that I've seen in the North East is Redcar & Cleveland ... unless someone knows of somewhere worse ! st-george1
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