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Cracking down on dog fouling

Published: 02/03/2018

Flintshire County Council is stepping up its fight against dog fouling. A Dog Control Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) was introduced in October last year to help keep the County clean. Dog fouling is consistently one of the biggest issues raised by residents. Most dog owners are responsible residents, but a minority spoil it for the rest. So, be aware that if you don’t pick up after your dog, you could face a substantial fine. As a responsible dog owner and to comply with the PSPO, you need to: · remove your dog’s waste from all public places in Flintshire and dispose of it properly; · carry the means to pick up dog mess (for example, bags) at all times; · follow any direction from an authorised officer if asked to put your dog on a lead; · remember that all dogs banned from all school grounds, equipped children’s play areas, formal recreation areas and from within the boundaries of marked sports pitches; · keep your dog on a lead at all times in Council maintained cemeteries. Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Streetscene, Councillor Carolyn Thomas, said: “Dog fouling has long been and continues to be an issue in all our communities. In response to public concerns we are seeking to clampdown on irresponsible dog owners through issuing fines to those who flaunt the new rules as we aim to keep our public areas free from dog mess.” Since October when the order was introduced, enforcement officers have spent time raising awareness on their patrols, to ensure residents are fully aware before any fines were issued. But now officers will look to enforce the order on irresponsible dog owners who are liable to a Fixed Penalty Notice of £75 if the rules are not upheld.