Clean up after your pet or face prosecution

Rother - dog waste SUS-151015-074311001
Rother - dog waste SUS-151015-074311001

Errant dog owners are being targeted under a new scheme aimed at people who fail to scoop when their pet pooch poops.

Rother District Council has thrown its weight behind the ‘We’re Watching You’ campaign, launched by the charity Keep Britain Tidy in an attempt to reduce the menace of dog mess.

Research has shown dog walkers are more likely to let their pets foul at night and in the winter months, when they feel they can’t be seen under cover of darkness.

This week, posters were being displayed at dog poop hotspots around the district, bearing glow-in-the-dark eyes which act as a warning to irresponsible owners – day or night.

Areas around the country which joined the campaign last year saw an average reduction of 46 percent in levels of dog fouling.

Council officers will monitor levels of dog mess while enforcement officers will keep an eye out for anyone leaving uncollected poop, who can be prosecuted or issued with a fixed penalty notice of £75.

Rother councillor Ian Hollidge said: “The vast majority of dog owners act responsibly by clearing up after their pet and putting waste in the nearest bin.

“However, those who leave dog mess in our streets, parks and other public areas are inflicting on the rest of us something which is not only dirty but potentially dangerous. It’s unacceptable.

“Evidence from other areas has shown that people are far more likely to clean up after their dog if they feel they’re being watched, so hopefully we can see a similar improvement here, allowing the district to become a cleaner, safer place.”

The first areas to be targeted as part of the campaign include the Undercliffe, Egerton Park and St George’s Road areas of Bexhill. Anyone who wants to make a complaint about dog fouling can report it online at www.rother.gov.uk or by calling the council on 01424 787000.

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