FENLANDER: ‘Bag it and bin it’ call to dog owners

TOUGHER action is being threatened against people who fail to pick up their dogs’ mess.

Fenland District Council has stepped up its patrols across the district and is warning offenders that they could be hit with �50 fixed penalty notices.

The moves come in response to residents’ calls for more to be done to combat the problem of dog fouling, which increases in some areas during the winter.

Councillor Peter Murphy, FDC’s portfolio holder responsible for the environment, said: “This is definitely a top priority for a lot of people, as we know from the many comments we receive.

“We recognise that the great majority of dog owners take a pride in Fenland and clear up after their pets. It is only a small minority of irresponsible owners who are guilty of not clearing up. But they spoil the enjoyment of our parks and open spaces for everyone else.

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“No-one likes to see dog mess lying around – and it can also pose a health risk, particularly to children out playing.”

While out on patrol FDC’s Streetscene officers speak to dog walkers, encouraging them to pick up their pets’ mess and informing them about the possible penalties for failing to do so.

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Cllr Murphy said: “We’re doing all we can to educate dog walkers and encourage them to act responsibly and the message is well received by most people. ‘Bag it and bin it’ is a simple message that everyone can follow.

“It’s obviously harder to spot offenders during the winter when it’s dark but they have to realise that if we do catch them they could be fined.”

• Anyone wishing to report an environmental problem should contact FDC’s Streetscene team on 01354 654321 or call into their local Fenland @ your service shop.

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