East Lindsey residents urged to speak out against irresponsible dog owners

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Residents in East Lindsey are being urged to speak out against irresponsible dog owners in order to keep our streets clean.

While the majority of dog owners do pick up after their pets, a small number still do not, creating a nuisance within their communities and leaving a mess for others to clean up.

East Lindsey District Council has several measures in place to deal with these irresponsible dog owners, including Dog Control orders, dog on lead requirements, dog exclusion areas and the Dog Watch Schemes which are proving popular in the areas in which they have been implemented, but people are still urged to call in with information.

Local people can also download a poster at www.e-lindsey.gov.uk/notonmystreet to show their support for the campaign to clean up the streets.

Dog warden Sue Garland explained: “We know dog fouling can be a serious problem for some communities and are appealing for people to come forward to tell us specific times, for example, if they leave their house at 10am every morning and there is no dog excrement near their gate, but every day when they get back at 2pm there is.

“We can then schedule our patrols for these times. Unfortunately anonymous complains cannot be acted upon because we may need to be able to get back in touch with people to clarify information given.”

Those who fail to pick up after their dogs can also be issued with a £75 fixed penalty notice which must be paid within 14 days. Failure to pay can result in the case being referred to the Magistrates Courts.

In recent weeks the district council’s Dog Wardens have been patrolling with local PCSOs and have already issued fixed penalty notices.

Sue Garland added: “Those who fail to pick up after their dogs are walking away and leaving the wider community to deal with their mess - this is unacceptable.

“We are working harder than ever to try and catch those responsible and educate them in how to become a more responsible dog owner in future.”

To contact the district council’s Ddog wardens or to enquire about setting up a Dog Watch Scheme in your community call 015071111 or email dog.warden@e-lindsey.gov.uk