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See it, Report it' - campaign to tackle dog fouling gets commissioner backing

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(Left to right) Cllr Alex Norris, Cllr Jackie Morris and Paddy Tipping in Bulwell Market

A campaign launching in the City this week is hoping to encourage responsible dog owners to report people who don’t clean up after their animals.

The ‘See it. Report It’ campaign will see neighbourhood road shows across Nottingham, hoping to target dog owners and those who are out and about at key ‘dog walking’ times of the day.

The campaign will also target Royal Mail delivery officers, NHS neighbourhood nurses, Nottingham City Homes staff and even the City’s bus drivers, encouraging those who work in and around Nottingham’s neighbourhoods to report irresponsible dog owners.

Officers will be encouraging dog owners to sign up to a ‘responsible dog charter’ and will be distributing dog poo bag dispensers that attach to a dog collar. There will also be literature about the type of information that is needed for officers to be able to catch offenders. 

Dog fouling is reported as a priority in every single ward of Nottingham City, with 2643 reports between April and December 2012 and approximately £240,000 spent removing dog mess from the city’s streets every year. To help combat the poo problem, the City Council has invested in high-tech equipment for its removal, including a Poover; a specially equipped motorcycle that vacuums up and disinfects street poo and a FIDO; a vehicle that collects poo in off-road in locations such as parks.

Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping is wholeheartedly supporting the initiative and urged people not to put up with the problem but to report it instead.  “Dog fouling is highly offensive and it is irresponsible, let alone illegal, when dog owners do not to clear up after their animals,” he said.  “If people report the culprits, Community Protection can take robust action and seek to prosecute offenders, which should encourage inconsiderate dog owners to do the decent thing by bagging and binning their dog’s mess.” 

In Nottingham City, not cleaning up after your dog carries a £50 on the spot penalty and a maximum fine of £1000 if found guilty at court.

Cllr Norris, Portfolio Holder for Area Working, Cleansing and Community Safety will be helping to run a stall during the week of road shows and is urging members of the public to get behind the campaign and report culprits. “Dog fouling remains a priority for all our citizens and we need people’s help in order for us to catch offenders”, he said. “Dog fouling gives all dog owners a bad name, so if you see it, report it.”

The campaign urges people to call the ASB helpline on 9152020 with any reports of people allowing their dog to foul and to provide the following information anonymously:

  • Location and time of offence
  • Description of dog and offender

This information will inform covert patrols in order to try and catch offenders.

“We also know that people might not feel comfortable in being identified, so rest assured that any info given will be treated confidentially”, said Cllr Norris. “Any citizens who report dog fouling offenders are not required to give their name.”

 

Posted on Tuesday 22nd January 2013
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