24 May, 2017

Dog fouling – new campaign to catch offenders

Brian Dunn helps launch the new campaign. (Photo courtesy RDC)

Dog fouling is not just about piles of dog muck on tarmac pavements and footpaths although this is often seen as being the most offensive.

 Conversations with local dog walkers regularly include grumbles about those who fail to clean up after their dogs when they have fouled on a public right of way crossing fields or over farm tracks.  It is especially aggravating when it is only a narrow route on which to walk.

Now Ryedale District Council, in partnership with others,  has launched a new anti dog fouling campaign complete with new poster and leaflet which also depicts the poster.

Promises that tougher action will be taken, with a drive to catch culprits and issue Fixed Penalty Notices,  are made by the spear-headers in this new campaign launched in April 2011.

Fixed Penalty Notices

Fixed Penalty Notices  for dog fouling may be issued to anyone who fails to pick up immediately after their dog, on any designated land open to the air and to which the public have access.

Anyone who spots a dog owner failing to clean up after their dog should contact Ryedale’s Dog Warden Brian Dunn either by phoning 01653 600666 ext 208  or emailing  brian.dunn@ryedale.gov.uk or  dogwarden@ryedale.gov.uk.

They need to give as many details as possible such as time, date, location and description of the dog. If the name and/or address of the dog owner is known this should be included.  Brian  follows up complaints by either visiting or writing to the alleged offending dog owner.  Assurances are given that all information received is treated in strict confidence. Those prepared to give a statement and attend a magistrates’ court will help get the offender prosecuted.   

The new campaign involves Ryedale District Council, North Yorkshire Police, North Yorkshire County Council and the Safer Ryedale Partnership. Police Community Support Officers as well as Ryedale  Officers will issue  fixed penalty notices.

New posters

With the agreement of North Yorkshire County Council, the  Streetscene team (based in the depot at Ryedale District Council)  has recently sprayed stencils on the ground in dog fouling hot spots to remind irresponsible dog owners to pick up and bin their dog waste.

Other steps being taken include displaying posters and leaflets in local libraries and community venues and sending information to all Town and Parish Councils.

Many town and parish councils already have dog waste bins at key points in their area and some also have bag dispensers near the waste bins to make things really easy.  But dog fouling is still one of the main anti social complaints highlighted by the Ryedale Community.

Ryedale District Council’s Health & Environment Manager Steve Richmond commented:  “We know the majority of dog owners act responsibly, however there are still some irresponsible dog owners who give the rest a bad name”.

Local police Chief  Inspector Tim Hutchinson, Head of Ryedale Police, said:   “We are joining forces with the council to act on one of the public’s key complaints. Together, and with the public’s support, we will make a real difference to our streets.”

See the new poster and new leaflet as PDFs provided by Ryedale District Council.  The new leaflet can also be seen as a photograph by clicking here.

Full statement issued as a press release:

Ryedale residents are being urged to add their support to a campaign to crackdown on dog fouling in the district.

Following consultation with local people Ryedale District Council, North Yorkshire Police, North Yorkshire County Council and the Safer Ryedale Partnership are working in partnership to tackle dog fouling – one of the main anti social complaints highlighted by the Ryedale Community!

Following the Tidy Britain Groups “Love Where You Live” campaign the partners are launching a programme to provide help and advice to as many people and businesses as possible on how to improve our local environment.

Police Community Support Officers and Council Officers will issue a fixed penalty notice to anyone not picking up after their dog and provide advice on ensuring they are prepared in the future. Anyone receiving a fixed penalty notice must pay the £50 penalty within 14 days, otherwise the matter will be taken to the magistrates court, which could result in a fine of up to £1000.

With the agreement of North Yorkshire County Council, the Streetscene team have recently sprayed stencils on the ground in dog fouling hot spots to remind irresponsible dog owners to pick up and bin their dog waste. Displaying posters and leaflets in local libraries and community venues; and sending information to all Town and Parish Councils are just some of the other steps that will be taken to encourage people to pick up after their dog.

Ryedale District Council’s Streetscene Manager, Mrs Beckie Bennett said “We are delighted to be working closely with our partners in North Yorkshire Police and the Safer Ryedale Partnership to improve the local area.”

The programme hopes to ensure that people are aware of their responsibilities to pick up after their dog. Many town and parish councils have dog waste bins at key points in their area and some also have bag dispensers near the waste bins to make things really easy.

Ryedale District Council’s Health & Environment Manager Steve Richmond added:“We know the majority of dog owners act responsibly, however there are still some irresponsible dog owners who give the rest a bad name”.

FPN’s for dog fouling may be issued to anyone who fails to pick up after their dog, on any relevant land open to the air and to which the public have access.

“The Safer Ryedale Partnership will be working hard in the coming year to tackle the issues raised by the community and will continue its work to keep Ryedale a safe and enjoyable place to live and visit” said Jo Reilly, Community Partnerships Manager

Inspector Tim Hutchinson, Head of Ryedale Police, said, “We are joining forces with the council to act on one of the public’s key complaints. Together, and with the public’s support, we will make a real difference to our streets.”

AGW 2011

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