Northumberland County Council’s dog fouling campaign is back again this summer and aiming to build on last year’s success.
Last year’s campaign led to double the amount of online reports from the public regarding dog fouling which helped officers target problem areas.
The latest phase of the county-wide campaign to raise awareness about dog fouling and the problems it can cause for communities started at various schools during the final week of term.
Pupils took part in assemblies where they learned about the health risks associated with dog fouling with an animal welfare officer.
This year’s campaign sees the council continue to adopt a zero tolerance approach to dog fouling. Officers from the council’s public protection service will be carrying out enforcement operations throughout the summer.
Anyone found not cleaning up after their dog can face an on the spot fine of £75 and, if prosecuted, a fine of up to £1000.
Councillor Dave Ledger, deputy leader, said: “Last year we handed out over 100 fines and prosecuted several offenders.
“Although animal welfare officers do a great job going into schools to educate children about the responsibilities that go with owning a dog, the other side of that is there will be a zero tolerance approach to those who do not pick up.”
The number of officers with the authority to enforce dog fouling orders was increased last year by threefold.
New posters have been introduced in hot spot areas for this year’s campaign showing the amount of £75 fines that have been handed out in that area.
Residents are reminded it is an offence to not immediately pick up after your dog has fouled on any publicly accessible land.
Offending owners can be reported by contacting the council on 0845 600 6400 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org