Cracking down on selfish dog owners

Wakefield council launch a new campaign to warn people to clean up after thier dogs.'Cllr Maureen Cummings with Sally the dog, and Martin Womersley - Street Scene Manager.'h304a310
Wakefield council launch a new campaign to warn people to clean up after thier dogs.'Cllr Maureen Cummings with Sally the dog, and Martin Womersley - Street Scene Manager.'h304a310

Officers are cracking down on irresponsible dog owners in Castleford who are caught falling foul of the law.

Wakefield Council launched their campaign last month to tackle dog fouling across the district.

Officers will be in Castleford town centre tomorrow offering advice to residents on picking up after their dog and how to report dog fouling.

Coun Maureen Cummings, cabinet member for environment and communities, said: “We are committed to cleaning up our environment but need your help to do so.

“If you witness someone not picking up after their dog, please report them to our contact centre giving a description of both the owner and the dog.

“We must show these persistent offenders that we will not tolerate this irresponsible behaviour.

“Not everyone realises that bags of dog waste can be put in any litter bin, so there is no excuse – clean up after your dog, bag it and bin it.”

Dog fouling reports from members of the public have doubled since the campaign started. Enforcement officers will also be working with the police to step up patrols in the area and have the power to issue a £50 fine on the spot.