A dog owner has been fined for failing to pick up after his pet after a vigilant resident reported the matter to Daventry District Council
The eagle-eyed resident contacted DDC after spotting the dog owner had made no effort to clear the mess left by his pet in areas of Ashby Fields in Daventry on a number of occasions.
The resident was able to supply a description of the dog and its owner as well as an address and, acting on the information, environmental health officers from the council issued a £75 fixed penalty notice. The dog owner accepted the offences and has paid the fine.
The enforcement action has come following the launch of DDC’s Clean Up My Community campaign, which is targeting people responsible for dropping litter and failing to clean up after their pets.
The campaign aims to build on existing work to tackle the issues by encouraging the community to get involved by carrying out activities such as litter picks in their communities as well as reporting offences such as dog fouling, fly-tipping, graffiti and litter.
Councillor Daniel Cribbin, environment portfolio holder at DDC, said: “Enforcement action is a last resort but we will take it where necessary. In this instance it was clear the dog owner was a repeat offender and there was strong evidence thanks to the public-spirited gentleman who contacted us.
“We thank him and I would urge other members of the public who see offences such as this to report them to us also. By working together like this we can make a real difference.”
Residents or local groups who would like to get involved in cleaning up their local community should contact DDC’s environmental health manager Paul Knight on 01327 871100.
To report any instances of untidy areas, fly-tipping, graffiti, dog fouling or littering to the Council visit www.daventrydc.gov.uk/online or phone 01327 871100.