Let’s prosecute dog owners

East Riding of Yorkshire Council - Cllr Jackie Cracknell

East Riding of Yorkshire Council - Cllr Jackie Cracknell

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Councils in the Driffield area are taking part in a scheme launched by East Riding of Yorkshire Council aimed at taking legal action against irresponsible dog owners.

In this area, Driffield Town Council and Nafferton Parish Council are already taking part. Other councils now invited to take part include Bainton, Cottam, Fimber, Fridaythorpe, Kirkburn, Garton, Middleton, North Dalton, Sledmere, Tibthorpe and Wetwang.

In Driffield last year, there were 25 complaints about dog fouling but only one fixed penalty notice was issued.

Councillor Jackie Cracknell, portfolio holder for community involvement and performance, said: “If there is one thing that makes people see red, me included, it is those dog owners who do not clean up when their dog has made a mess.

“It became such an issue last year that we decided one of the best ways to tackle it was to have eyes and ears in every parish so that we could identify the main offenders. That is the basis of the scheme and it is beginning to pay off as the number of reports is falling.

“More can still be achieved but it needs all of us to play a part. For instance, if someone knows their neighbour lets the dog out every morning to do its business, call us on (01482) 396301. Other councils in the country are closely watching how well the partnership works with local councils. In the last few months we have received about six enquiries asking for details.”

There have been 440 reports of dog fouling across the East Riding since January, 10 per cent down on the same eight months last year. 14 fixed penalty notices of £75 have been issued. Those who fail to pay will be taken to court. Last year, four East Riding dog walkers who failed to pay the notices were taken to magistrates’ court. One of them, a Driffield woman was hit last November with fines and costs of £700.

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