Crackdown on dog foul hot spot areas

Street scene wardens erect signs to warn dog walkers

Street scene wardens erect signs to warn dog walkers

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Horsham District Council’s Street Scene Team is cracking down on irresponsible dog owners who do not clean up after their pets.

Dog fouling is unfortunately an ongoing problem in certain areas of the District and is considered to the most offensive type of litter, often raised as a public concern. Whilst unpleasant; dog mess can also be dangerous and can cause severe infections if ingested or if it comes into contact with eyes.

The Street Scene Wardens have been working throughout the Horsham District tackling dog foul issues. In recent weeks, they have been targeting Denne Road and Morth Gardens in Horsham, which has been identified as a hot spot dog foul area.

Large hot spot dog foul signs have been placed in this area, and regular patrols are being carried out at random times in an attempt to catch the dog owners who are not picking up after their pets.

Speaking of the crack down, Street Scene Warden, Karen Grisley said: “It is the responsibility of the dog owner or the person in charge of the dog to clear up their mess. If you fail to clear up after your dog you may be issued with a fixed penalty of £50, or if the case goes to court, a fine of up to £1,000.

“The Wardens are sending a request to all dog walkers who do not pick up their dog foul to think of other people that are stepping in their dog’s mess, including children”

Street Scene Warden, Jayne Jeffrey added: “We’d like to offer a big thank you to the responsible dog owners that do pick up after their pets. However we really want to urge members of the public to report those that don’t pick it up to the Street Scene Team.”

Once it’s picked up, dog foul can be disposed of in a designated dog foul bin or it can be placed in any normal litter bin. If there are no bins around, pet owners should pick up the mess and dispose of it in their refuse bin at home.

To report dog walkers not picking up their dog foul, please call the Street Scene wardens on 01403 215533 or email community.safety@horsham.gov.uk