Public urged to help in fight against dog fouling as district council steps up crackdown on irresponsible owners in Lincolnshire’s East Lindsey area

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People are being reminded that if they witness dog owners failing to pick up after their pets they must speak up for action to be taken.

The call has been made by East Lindsey District Council as it looks to crack down on the scourge of dog fouling in the area.

While the majority of dog owners do pick up after their pets, a small number still do not, creating a nuisance within their communities and leaving a mess for others to clean up.

East Lindsey District Council says it has several measures in place to deal with these irresponsible dog owners, including Dog Control orders, dog on lead requirements, dog exclusion areas and the Dog Watch Schemes - but people are still urged to call in with information.

Dog warden Sue Garland explained: “We know dog fouling can be a serious problem for some communities and are appealing for people to come forward to tell us specific times.

“For example, if they leave their house at 10am every morning and there is no dog excrement near their gate, but every day when they get back at 2pm there is.

“We can then schedule our patrols for these times. Unfortunately anonymous complains cannot be acted upon because we may need to be able to get back in touch with people to clarify information given.”

Those who fail to pick up after their dogs can also be issued with a £75 fixed penalty notice which must be paid within 14 days. Failure to pay can result in the case being referred to the Magistrates Courts.

In recent weeks the District Council’s Dog Wardens have been patrolling with local PCSOs and have already issued fixed penalty notices.

Sue Garland added: “Those who fail to pick up after their dogs are walking away and leaving the wider community to deal with their mess - this is unacceptable.

“We are working harder than ever to try and catch those responsible and educate them in how to become a more responsible dog owner in future.”

Local people can also download a poster at www.e-lindsey.gov.uk/notonmystreet to show their support for the campaign to clean up the streets.

To contact the District Council’s Dog Wardens or to enquire about setting up a Dog Watch Scheme in your community call 015071111 or email dog.warden@e-lindsey.gov.uk.