DOG owners caught falling foul of the law by failing to pick up their pet’s mess are being snared in a joint police and council operation.
Officers from Pontefract and Knottingley neighbourhood policing team (NPT) are working with Wakefield Council wardens to catch dog-walkers who fail to clean up after their pets after a rise in complaints from residents.
Anyone spotted committing the offence can receive on-the-spot fines from council staff and PCSOs will be issuing fixed penalty tickets for dog fouling and littering.
Insp Richard Sullivan, of the NPT, said: “These offences can have a real impact on people’s quality of life – we are working hard with our partners to tackle the issue but need the public to support us. Allowing your dog to foul in a public place is irresponsible, unhygienic and could carry a fine – clean it up or prepare to pay up.
“We will take firm action to deal with those people who have no regard for the environment.”
The council’s street scene team has been operating in the known dog mess hotspots and will be providing extra bins and carrying out surveillance operations in problem areas.
Glynn Humphries, service director for the council’s cleaner and greener department, said: “Our teams in Pontefract and Castleford 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 8506506. If you are a dog owner you have a legal duty to clean up every time your dog messes in a public place.
“We take the matter of dog fouling very seriously as it is offensive and can spread disease. We take swift action against anyone who has failed in their legal duty to clean up their dog’s mess. Our uniformed dog wardens promote responsible dog ownership, regularly patrolling parks and other places used for dog walking and can issue fixed penalty notices of £50 to anyone found committing an offence.”