Owners warned: clean up your act

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PEOPLE are being reminded to clean up after their dogs or risk a £1,000 court fine.

The warning comes after a man in West Haddon was fined for allowing his dog to foul on a pavement in Morrison Park Road without cleaning up the mess last month.

A resident saw the offence and took a photograph, which also captured the dog owner as he walked away.

Officers from Daventry District Council (DDC) were able to use this evidence, including a description of the dog, to trace the owner to an address in West Haddon.

When confronted with the evidence on October 17 the dog owner acknowledged that his behaviour was unacceptable and he received a £75 fixed penalty notice.

On the Daventry Express’s Facebook page Jane Pollard wrote: “Can they do the same in Braunston?

“I can’t take my children for a walk without at least one of them stepping in something!”

And Claire Wall wrote: “Dog mess is a big problem everywhere. I think people don’t realise the health risks.”

DDC’s community manager, Maria Taylor, said: “The public repeatedly tell us that dog fouling is one of their most serious concerns in the community, which is why we are currently running an environmental campaign in Daventry during 
November.

“We have thanked the public-spirited gentleman who submitted the crucial photographic evidence in this case and would urge other members of the public who observe such offences to do the same, providing it is safe to do so.

“People can rest assured that when the council has evidence of such irresponsible dog ownership fixed penalty notices will be issued and repeat offenders will be prosecuted.”

Prosecutions can end in court cases and fines of up to £1,000.

People are encouraged to report dog fouling. They should go to the environmental improvement team at Daventry District Council online at www.daventrydc.gov.uk or call 01327 871100.