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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Dog fouling campaign collars 51 owners

Denbighshire County Council's campaign to tackle dog fouling in the county continues, with a total of 51 fixed penalty tickets issued in the last two months to people who allow their dogs to foul in public.

This is higher than the total number of tickets issued in the whole of last year and is the result of more patrolling of locations where dog fouling has reported to be a problem, according to the council.

Councillor David Smith, Cabinet Lead Member for Environment, said: "The increase in the number of fixed penalty notices issued for dog fouling shows how committed we are as a Council to try and stamp out this problem.

"The majority of dog owners act responsibly and clean up after their animals and we would like to thank them for acting so responsibly. However, there are some individuals who think it is acceptable to allow their dogs to foul in public without clearing the mess.  This is the kind of behaviour that we will not tolerate.

Emlyn Jones, Denbighshire's Public Protection Manager, said: "Residents in Denbighshire have told us that dog fouling is one of the biggest issues that concern them and the Council is listening to their concerns.

"We have launched a campaign to highlight the dangers of dog fouling to people's health, as well as the visual and environmental impact and want to see a change in perceptions and hopefully change the behaviour of those small number of people who act anti-socially."

To report issues of dog fouling, please contact the Customer Contact Centre on 01824 706100 (Welsh Language line), 01824 706101 (English language line) or visit the website: www.denbighshire.gov.uk

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