Denbighshire County Council warning it will take action against those who wilfully allow their dogs to foul in public without clearing up the mess.
Figures for the number of dog fouling
incidents recorded by the council since 2014 show that the highest number
of incidents happen over the winter months, in December, January and
Ninety-two incidents were reported in January 2015, 72
in January 2017 and 83 in January 2018. The lowest number of incidents
happen over the summer months.
Research work has shown that this is due to the
fact that days are darker and people assume they can allow their dogs to foul
in public under the cover of darkness.
Councillor Brian Jones, Cabinet Lead Member for
Highways, Planning and Sustainable Travel, said: “The figures show a
real trend and it seems the winter months seem to be the main time for dog
"We have seen plenty of evidence of dog fouling in dark areas
where there are no street lights.
"Some individuals believe they can get
away with not clearing up after their animals under the cloak of
"The only we way we can catch those responsible is by receiving
information from the public.
“The majority of complaints that come in to the
council are about dog fouling and residents have told us they would like to see
this issue tackled. They see it as anti-social and being a blight on the
landscape, as well as being a risk to people’s health.
“We have been carrying out an enforcement and
education campaign over recent years and that work continues. The
majority of people clean up after their animals and we thank them for that.
“We are targeting these message at those who
think it’s acceptable to leave their dog’s mess behind. It’s not
acceptable and those responsible could be issued with a fixed penalty notice or
find themselves before the courts."