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Dog walkers fined for not picking up mess

Jonathan Irving

Jonathan Irving

Posted on 29 July 2019

Two dog walkers have been fined after being caught not picking up after their animals by enforcement officers from Allerdale Borough Council.

The two men, who were caught in separate incidents, were issued with fixed penalty notices (FPN) by Allerdale staff this week.

The first person was caught on Wednesday morning in Harrington Marina with the second offender failing to pick up after his dog on the green near the Sea Cadets building in King Street, Maryport.

The council’s Street Scene team is responsible for the issuing of FPNs and investigating reports made by members of the public.

George Kemp, Executive member with responsibility for environmental quality, said: “Dog fouling is not only unsightly but is a real health hazard. We know that most dog owners in our communities are responsible and pick up their animal’s mess.

“However, we also know there are some owners who don’t stick to the law and leave mess behind. We take the concerns of residents in regards to dog fouling very seriously and these FPNs issued should come as a warning to irresponsible dog owners that the council will take action.”

Not picking up after a dog is an offence punishable with a fine of up to £1,000. 

Anyone can report dog fouling via the council’s website or myAllerdale app (available on Apple and Android devices) which also includes the ability to report details of any offenders.