Action is needed on dog fouling

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Rye Mayor Cllr Bernardine Fiddimore has called for tougher action on dog-fouling.

She spoke out after Hastings Borough Council successfully prosecuted a man for failing to clear up after his dog in a local park.

Noel Wilson of White Rock, was fined £525 with £225 costs.

The Mayor said: “Dog faeces left to fester on pavements and public grass areas is unpleasant, unacceptable and unnecessary.

“ Special bags for poop picking are widely available and nappy bags are a suitable alternative.

“Dog waste bins may not be everywhere but dog owners should be aware of where they can be found and use them.

“If a dog deposits something sloppy and impossible to scoop, then ask a nearby resident for some water in a bucket and wash it away.

“I am a dog owner and work in the two dog related industries and find it appalling that a handful of irresponsible dog keepers give hundreds of responsible owners such a bad name and potentially lead to draconian dog control orders being put in place.

“Whilst I am on my soap box, may I point out that picking up poop in a bag then hanging it in a hedge or from a tree branch is not responsible disposal nor is it amusing. Take it home!

Cllr Dawn Poole, Hastings Borough Council’s lead member for environment commented: “We take these issues very seriously and will prosecute.

“Our robust enforcement policy and our rapid response to complaints demonstrate our zero tolerance to these issues.”