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Dog fines pay for charity calendar

Councillor Dave Ledger and the dog calendar with Victoria Barrington, head of public protection.

Councillor Dave Ledger and the dog calendar with Victoria Barrington, head of public protection.

Money raised from fines issued for dog control offences in Northumberland has been put to a good cause

The money is being used to fund a dog rescue calendar for charity.

As part of Northumberland County Council’s zero tolerance approach to dog fouling, there has been an upsurge in enforcement activity in 2013.

This year 74 fines have been issued by officers of the public protection service.

And the money raised is now being put to a good cause funding the council’s 2014 dog rescue calendar.

Public protection is funding the printing of the calendar, but all the proceeds of sale are going to five dog charities including Northumberland based SHAK (Safe Homes And Kindness).

Dave Ledger, policy board member for public protection and deputy leader of the council, said: “Dog fouling is a blight on our environment and it’s good to know that our increased enforcement success will not only be protecting Northumberland’s environment but also supporting so many good causes.”

The council said its local services group has made tackling dog fouling and other ‘enviro-crimes’ a top priority and is increasing the number of its frontline staff that can issue fixed penalty notices.

Dog fouling hotspots are being targeted across Northumberland all year round in a bid to ensure the minority of dog walkers who continue to break environmental laws are caught.

Victoria Barrington, head of public protection, added: “The calendar features dogs rescued due to the excellent work of the animal welfare officers from the public protection service.”

The calendars are available for a minimum donation of £3.99 from council information centres or by contacting the animal welfare team on 08456 006400.

All of the money raised from the sale of the calendars produced will go to the dog charities.

 

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