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Patrols to target dog mess menace

Irresponsible dog owners who don't clean up after their pets are being targeted in a zero tolerance crackdown in fouling problem areas across the Mansfield District.

Mansfield District Council's Neighbourhood Wardens are carrying out the dedicated early morning and evening patrols this month.

Anyone found not cleaning up after their dog will be issued a £50 fixed penalty notice. The wardens have also been handing out free doggy bags and dispensers, and making owners aware of the Council's intention to introduce three new Dog Control Orders for August, which will see the fine rise from £50 to £75. For further details on the new Orders visit www.mansfield.gov.uk

Dog owners are being reminded that bags containing dog faeces can be put in any regular council street waste bin or green wheelie bins at home.

Failure to pay a dog fouling or littering notice within 14 days could lead to a prosecution in the courts, a criminal record and a fine of up to £1,000.

The Council receives dozens of complaints about dog fouling in parks and on pavements every week. In a recent survey of residents by Mansfield Partnership Against Crime, dog fouling was flagged up as being one of the top three concerns by three quarters of residents.

Dog faeces are linked to health risks including 'toxocara canis' which can cause stomach upsets, sore throats, asthma and even blindness. The parasite can remain active in the soil for many years, even after the dog mess has weathered away.

Councillor Mick Barton, Portfolio Holder for Public Protection at Mansfield District Council said: "Not cleaning up after your dog is unacceptable and shows a complete lack of respect to the local environment and other people.

"All in all, most dog walkers do clean up; it's the few irresponsible ones that we are cracking down on."

To report dog fouling in the Mansfield district, call 01623 463 463. Every report is important because it helps the Council track where the hotspots are and informs where enforcement and cleansing services are required.

When reporting any issues please it would be helpful if you can provide details of the any offenders, including description/type of the dog, exact location and day/time (2hour time slot max) to assist out enforcement team in targeting these irresponsible individuals.

It is the responsibility of the dog owner or the person in charge of the dog to clear up any faeces left by their dog. If you fail to clean up after your dog you can be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice, or if the case goes to court a fine of up to £1000.

Published 26 June 2012

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