Irresponsible dog owners warned as number of fines increase

Dog wardens across the East Riding have issued more fixed penalty notices to owners who fail to clean up after their pets in the first six months of this year compared to the same period last year.

Between January 2016 and the end of May 2016 dog wardens from East Riding of Yorkshire Council handed out the £75 fixed penalty notices to 11 owners, compared to just eight in the first half of 2015.

Most of the fixed penalty notices have been issued in relation to dog fouling in locations such as Sancton, Rawcliffe, Etton, Beverley, Driffield, Cottingham, Hessle and Laxton but one owner was fined after taking their dog into an exclusion zone on Bridlington North beach.

Councillor Shaun Horton, portfolio holder for community involvement and local partnerships at East Riding of Yorkshire Council said the increase in the number of fixed penalty notices issued was due to the quality of information provided by the public to the dog warden team.

He said: “The dog wardens rely on quality information from the public in order to find those responsible for not cleaning up after their pets.

“Some of the information we are now getting from the public is very detailed and contains locations, time of day as well as descriptions of both the owner and the dog – this means the wardens can tailor their patrols in order to catch those in the act.

“The fixed penalty notices will be sent out to those offenders through the post and I would ask those people to consider whether they really want other family members knowing they are not a responsible dog owner and taking £75 from the household budget.”

Anyone who would like to report an incident of dog fouling should email the council’s dog warden team at dog.warden@eastriding.gov.uk or telephone (01482) 396301.

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