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Dog fouling fines go to pet charities

Councillor Dave Ledger and  the dog calendar 2014 with Victoria  Barrington, head of public protection.

Councillor Dave Ledger and the dog calendar 2014 with Victoria Barrington, head of public protection.

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

Last year, 74 fines were issued for dog control offences by officers of the council’s public protection service.

The money raised has been put to a good cause funding the council’s 2014 dog rescue calendar. Public protection has funded the printing of the calendar but all the proceeds of sale are going to dog charities across Northumberland.

Councillor Dave Ledger, deputy leader, 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 has made tackling dog fouling and other envirocrime a top priority and is increasing the number of its frontline staff that can issue fixed penalty notices.

Dog fouling hotspots are being targeted all year round to ensure the small minority of dog walkers who continue to break environmental laws are caught.

Dog fouling problems can be reported to the council on 0845 600 6400.

 

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