Dog owners face fines for failing to clear up mess

A CRACKDOWN on dog fouling in Northumberland has seen four fixed penalty notices issued.

Officers from Northumberland County Council’s public protection service issued the fines to dog owners who were seen not picking up after their dogs during two early morning patrols at Hirst Park in Ashington.

The fines follow the ‘Don’t Stand For It’ campaign run by the council to raise public awareness about dog fouling as a significant public health problem.

Anita Romer, executive member for health and public protection, said: “Dog fouling is irresponsible and a potential health hazard.

“This crackdown sends out a clear message that the council will act to keep Northumberland clean and safe for everyone to enjoy.”

A dog control order makes it an offence if dog foul is not immediately picked up on any publically accessible land anywhere in Northumberland.

Offenders face an on the spot fine of £75 rising to up to £1,000 if prosecuted.