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.”