This weekend the Goole and Howdenshire Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) have been issued with the necessary fixed penalty tickets to give out if they witness owners allowing their dogs to foul in public places. The £75 fines are to be paid to the East Riding of Yorkshire Council.
Dog fouling is a major issue for many of our towns and villages. It is the most offensive type of litter on our streets and it is consistently raised by residents.
The tickets can only be given out if the PCSO witnesses the act as part of their day-to-day patrols. There are no plans to for the Police to respond to reports of dog fouling.
Recent figures estimate the UK dog population to be 7.3 million, with dogs producing approximately 1,000 tonnes of excrement each day. In a recent survey of over 19,000 sites dog fouling was present in over 8% of these sites.
Some dog owners still fail to clean up after their dogs and the highest level of dog fouling can be found in areas where people actually live.
I think this sends out a clear message that the Police and the East Riding of Yorkshire Council have listened to residents concerns, and that dog fouling is not to be tolerated. I fully realise that the Police have priorities and will quite rightly not be responding to calls reporting individual cases of dog fouling, but if it is witnessed by the PCSOs they now have the powers and tickets to fine the owner – hopefully this will make people think again before leaving their dog's mess.