Pick up or pay up warning

Dog fouling issues at Featherstone. Cllr John Jackson appealing for dog owners to be more responsible.'Pictured with local dog wardens Mali Tomlinson and Mandy Jenkins.'p8181a212
Dog fouling issues at Featherstone. Cllr John Jackson appealing for dog owners to be more responsible.'Pictured with local dog wardens Mali Tomlinson and Mandy Jenkins.'p8181a212

DOG-OWNERS in Featherstone falling foul of the law are being urged to pick up after their pets.

Town councillor John Jackson says there is a “massive” problem with people leaving their dogs’ mess on Priory Road, Hardwick Road and Girnhill Lane.

Coun Jackson, of Hartley Street – a dog owner himself – is calling on other pet owners to be responsible and show courtesy to residents living nearby.

He said: “We have got a massive problem with dog fouling here, it’s just continuous. The dog warden has been out I don’t know how many times, they’ve done undercover work and given tickets out, but it’s constant.

“Every time you look down the street there’s piles of it. We’re saying clean up after your dog. It’s not nice for anyone looking at it, smelling it or standing in it.”

Coun Jackson said he always cleans up after his one-year-old cocker spaniel Zoe and expects other owners to do the same – or face a fine from Wakefield Council’s dog warden service.

He added: “If they get caught allowing their dogs to foul, they get a fine which is what they deserve if they don’t clean it up.

“This has been going on for years. It’s pick up or pay up time. I clean up after my dog – it’s not very nice but you have got to do it.

“You can’t just leave it.”

Glynn Humphries, service director for the council’s cleaner and greener department said the public needed to be more vigilant in reporting dog owners who allowed their animals to foul.

He said: “Our team in Featherstone have been working hard to try and tackle the issue of dog mess but this is not a problem we can tackle alone.

“So I urge the public to report dog fouling incidents to us on 0845 850 6506. If you are a dog owner you have a legal duty to clean up every time your dog messes in a public place.”