COURT: Weston man fined for letting dog poo on promenade
By Prue_Reid | Monday, November 19, 2012, 11:45
North Somerset Council has fined a man who was caught allowing his dog to foul on Weston's promenade.
The Weston man was fined £75 after failing to clean up after his dog in October this year.
The council now has more than 30 officers who are on the look out for dog fouling as they travel the district as part of varying roles.
Car parking attendants, area officers and environmental health officers are now able to issue fines on the spot.
Those caught on the spot can be fined £75 and also potentially face a £1,000 fine if prosecuted. But more help is needed to identify serial offenders.
In September, the council launched a campaign to help clean up the district's streets and open spaces by getting people to report dog fouling if witnessed.
The council has also asked town and parish councils and schools to display campaign posters warning people that they face prosecution if they don't bag mess.
North Somerset Council executive member with responsibility for environmental protection Peter Bryant, a Weston councillor, said that most dog owners were responsible and did pick up after their animals but there was a small percentage who were polluting our streets and open areas.
He said: "Allowing your dog to foul and not picking it up is wrong on so many levels.
"Not only does dog's mess pose a health hazard but it is a disgusting anti social practice that costs the tax payer money to clear up.
"For the sake of the whole community we would urge owners to pick up after their pets. If you don't - we will fine you."
This summer the council successfully prosecuted another North Somerset resident who persistently allowed their dog to foul in a public place without clearing it up.
Magistrates ordered the offender to pay £325.
If you see someone not picking up their dog's mess then you can report it to the council.
Either fill in the online form by clicking HERE or call 01934 888802.
Anyone witnessing an incident should note:
- date and time;
- any pattern to the behaviour egsame times, people or places;
- description of dog;
- description of owner; and
- car registration number, if used.
The more information provided, the more likely it is that the offender will be caught.