'Poop swoop’ will see Ribble Valley culprits receive a £50 fixed fine

'Poop swoop’ will see Ribble Valley culprits receive a £50 fixed fine

'Poop swoop’ will see Ribble Valley culprits receive a £50 fixed fine

First published in News

A ZERO tolerance dog- fouling day has been declared across the Ribble Valley.

On July 25, dog enforcement officers from the borough council and the police will be out and about nabbing irresponsible residents who let their pets foul in public.

The ‘poop swoop’, which will see culprits receive a £50 fixed penalty notice, is part of the council’s new ‘Pick Up or Pay Up’ campaign.

New orders requiring the borough’s dog owners to clean up after their pets and keep them under control in public come into force on August 1.

The orders will see pet owners face fines of up to £1,000 in a magistrates’ court or fixed penalty notices of £80 for anti-social pet behaviour.

Five orders have been approved by the council’s community services committee following the ongoing problem of dog mess in public places, particularly on playing fields.

The orders require pet owners to remove dog faeces from public land, including footpaths and fields, keep their dogs on leads when instructed to do so by a dog enforcement officer and prohibit dogs from sports pitches, playing fields and children’s playgrounds.

Dogs must also be kept on a lead in Clitheroe Cemetery and no more than four can be walked in public at any one time.

Ribble Valley Council’s head of environmental health, James Russell, said: “Complaints about dog issues are the second highest received by the council each year and residents are demanding action on the issue.

“Ignorance of the law is not an excuse and the message is simple: The days of allowing dogs to foul in public are over, so pick up or pay up.

“Our officers will be out and about with the police on July 25 making sure the message is understood loud and clear.”

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5:34pm Fri 18 Jul 14

chammy says...

Its disgusting dog mess everywhere.but what us dog owners need are bins to put it in,no matter where you go there is a shortage of bins to put the bags in, so its not just a case of fining people bins should be put everywhere and once bins are erected they need emptying frequently.
Its disgusting dog mess everywhere.but what us dog owners need are bins to put it in,no matter where you go there is a shortage of bins to put the bags in, so its not just a case of fining people bins should be put everywhere and once bins are erected they need emptying frequently. chammy
  • Score: 6

10:39pm Fri 18 Jul 14

AnimalReid says...

This is so petty. Ive been walking my dogs in the ribble valley for 20 years and I always make sure they do their mess on the grass and NOT on the pavement. I see people walking around with their little plastic bags - they look so stupid! If people can't stick to this simple rule then heaven help us.
This is so petty. Ive been walking my dogs in the ribble valley for 20 years and I always make sure they do their mess on the grass and NOT on the pavement. I see people walking around with their little plastic bags - they look so stupid! If people can't stick to this simple rule then heaven help us. AnimalReid
  • Score: -10

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