Dog mess campaign is back for summer

A successful dog fouling campaign is back again this summer.

Northumberland County Council’s Don’t Stand For It initiative led to double the amount of online reports from the public regarding dog fouling last year.

The latest phase of the county-wide campaign started at various schools around the county during the final week of term.

Pupils took part in assemblies where they learned about the health risks associated with dog fouling with Malcolm, an animal welfare officer.

Coun Dave Ledger, the council’s deputy leader, said: “Last year we handed out over 100 fines and prosecuted several offenders.

“Although animal welfare officers like Malcolm do a great job going into schools to educate children about the responsibilities that go with owning a dog, the other side of that is there will be a zero tolerance approach to those who do not pick up.”