Dog walkers who fail to clear up their pet's waste targeted

DOG owners who fail to clear up their pets' waste have been targeted by a council initiative to clean the streets.

Durham County Council’s neighbourhood wardens spent February on patrol on the streets of Newton Aycliffe, Shildon, Fishburn, Sedgefield and Trimdon.

The team investigated 28 reports of dog fouling and it issued one fixed penalty notice and ten warning notices to pet owners.

A further six warning letters were sent out and seven stray dogs were removed from the streets.

Wardens investigated four reports of littering and they handed out two fixed penalty notices.

The team also looked into 31 incidents of flytipping and it carried out 14 investigations into the rubbish found in the area.

Untidy garden owners were also targeted with five litter clearing notices and 29 advisory letters were sent out.

The council also issued seven fixed penalty notices to residents who failed to respond to requests to clear their gardens.

The neighbourhood team also dealt with 23 reports of anti-social behaviour during the month.

On a positive side 27 pet owners have signed up to the Green Dog Walkers project.

The scheme works by owners committing to pick up their pet’s waste and they also carry extra bags to give to other dog walkers to use.

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4:05pm Thu 4 Apr 13

Employed Tax Payer, Central Darlo says...

So for every fine issued there are 16 warnings made! Why are any warnings given at all? Dog owners (I am one) know the law and those who ignore it should be fined the first time (and every time) they're caught leaving dog mess.
So for every fine issued there are 16 warnings made! Why are any warnings given at all? Dog owners (I am one) know the law and those who ignore it should be fined the first time (and every time) they're caught leaving dog mess. Employed Tax Payer, Central Darlo

5:26pm Thu 4 Apr 13

Colcat says...

No warnings should be given, and those who do pick up after their dogs then for some reason decide to leave the full, tied-up plastic bags in trees, in bushes, in verges etc should get fined double! Find a suitable bin for it!
No warnings should be given, and those who do pick up after their dogs then for some reason decide to leave the full, tied-up plastic bags in trees, in bushes, in verges etc should get fined double! Find a suitable bin for it! Colcat

6:02pm Thu 4 Apr 13

Stocko says...

Colcat wrote:
No warnings should be given, and those who do pick up after their dogs then for some reason decide to leave the full, tied-up plastic bags in trees, in bushes, in verges etc should get fined double! Find a suitable bin for it!
I agree - this is worse than leaving it to decay naturally on the ground.
[quote][p][bold]Colcat[/bold] wrote: No warnings should be given, and those who do pick up after their dogs then for some reason decide to leave the full, tied-up plastic bags in trees, in bushes, in verges etc should get fined double! Find a suitable bin for it![/p][/quote]I agree - this is worse than leaving it to decay naturally on the ground. Stocko

6:23pm Thu 4 Apr 13

sleeping dragon says...

the wardens probably issue warnings so they do not upset the natives or they may find their free cups of beverages and cakes may stop.
the wardens probably issue warnings so they do not upset the natives or they may find their free cups of beverages and cakes may stop. sleeping dragon

7:26pm Thu 4 Apr 13

stevegg says...

I can remember in the not so distant past when virtually no one picked up dog mess at all and this was deemed acceptable by most people. How times have changed in the last 2 decades.
I can remember in the not so distant past when virtually no one picked up dog mess at all and this was deemed acceptable by most people. How times have changed in the last 2 decades. stevegg

11:54am Sat 6 Apr 13

JayCol says...

Neighbourhood Wardens can only issue fixed penalty notices if they witness the offence taken place. Warning letters are sent on info given by neighbours/ community etc.
Neighbourhood Wardens can only issue fixed penalty notices if they witness the offence taken place. Warning letters are sent on info given by neighbours/ community etc. JayCol

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