Dog fouling notices imposed in Market Weighton and Wilberfoss

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East Riding Council is cracking down on dog fouling in the local area.

In the last few weeks, two dog walkers have each been handed £75 penalty notices after the council’s dog wardens spotted them walking away without cleaning up after their dogs.

The first instance was on playing fields in the Market Weighton area and was witnessed by an off-duty dog warden.

The second was in Wilberfoss and was the result of evidence from the public about persistent dog fouling by one animal. A targeted patrol by dog wardens witnessed fouling and a notice was imposed on the dog’s owner.

Councillor Jackie Cracknell, portfolio holder for community involvement and performance, said: “Catching irresponsible dog owners is not easy. They make sure no one is watching when they allow their dogs to make a mess then just leave it to cause a disgusting nuisance to others.

“We are talking about a tiny minority of owners that cause distress to so many others by failing to clean up after their dogs.”

Last autumn the council launched a free course open to all East Riding town and parish councils. The aim is to provide a joined-up evidence link across the East Riding.

Those councils who have already attended include Pocklington Town Council, Stamford Bridge Parish Council, Wilberfoss Parish Council, Millington Parish Council and Barmby Moor Parish Council.

Those due to attend the course in the coming weeks include Sancton Parish Council, Goodmanham Parish Council and Market Weighton Town Council.

Councils attending the course are trained in the levels of evidence needed to serve fixed penalty notices. By working closely together the councils should achieve high quality evidence, ensuring a quick and firm response and increased numbers of fixed penalty notices.