Warden collars foul dog owners

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TWO dog owners who let their pets foul in the streets have each been issued with fixed penalty notices of £50 by a county council dog warden.

The warden, who had been patrolling areas around Amble and Togston, had witnessed the owners allowing their dogs to foul on the Coquet Enterprise Park in Amble and behind the social club in Togston without clearing up afterwards.

Over recent weeks, five fixed penalties have been issued in the north of the county.

Coun Alan Thompson, executive member for public protection, said that he was pleased that the council had been able to issue the fixed penalty fines and hoped this sent out a clear message to the small number of irresponsible dog owners.

He said: “The issuing of fixed penalty notices shows that this type of anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated and if we do see a dog fouling incident then we will take action. Our dog wardens regularly patrol the streets, often acting on tip-offs from local residents.

“Dog fouling is unpleasant, unhealthy and unnecessary and is caused only by the laziness of the dogs owners.

“We are working hard to track them down and bring them to account but, to do this, help and information from the general public is important to us.”

Anyone with information that could help the council track down dog fouling offenders can contact the customer service line on 0845 6006400. Calls will be treated in the strictest of confidence.