Four dog owners have fallen foul of canine control fines in Berwick so far this year.
The fines issued in the town represent just four per cent of the total doled out across the county, with the number of fixed penalties issued by Northumberland County Council in 2013-14 now reaching 100.
The ‘Don’t Stand for It’ campaign, run by Public Protection in 2012 and 2013, has helped increase the number of people reporting dog fouling in their communities, with online reports more than doubling year-on-year.
Information from the public has led to improved targeting of enforcement to ‘hotspot’ areas across Northumberland.
A zero tolerance approach continues to be implemented with £75 fixed penalties being issued for first time offenders. Anyone caught for a second time or who does not pay their fine within 14 days faces prosecution and a fine of up to £1000.
Councillor Kath Nisbet, Civic Head at Northumberland County Council, said: “Dog fouling is a health problem and blight on our environment which we’re determined to tackle. I would ask all concerned members of the public to report it to the council.”
Blyth Town has received the most (25) fines in 2013/14. Other areas in the rural Northumberland such as Haltwhistle and the Upper Barrasdale area of Alnwick have also been targeted where five and eight fines have been issued respectively.
The fine money recovered through fines is being put towards a dog charity calendar, 100 per cent of proceeds of which are going to charities active in Northumberland.
Report dog fouling on 0845 6006400 or go to www.northumberland.gov.uk and click on the ‘report dog fouling’ link.