After-dark patrols at Ribble Valley dog mess hot-spots

James Russell, with Whalley police officer Kirsty Lee and police community support officer Adam Mellor.
James Russell, with Whalley police officer Kirsty Lee and police community support officer Adam Mellor.

DOG wardens and police officers are will undertake joint after-dark patrols at dog-fouling hotspots across Ribble Valley.

They are to blitz Clitheroe, Whalley, Mellor, Sabden and Read on the lookout for dog owners who let their pets foul public places, particularly at night.

They will be stopping dog walkers and asking them if they are carrying dog poop bags.

And anyone caught allowing a dog to foul in public will be hit with a fixed penalty of £50.

Ribble Valley Borough Council’s head of environmental health, James Russell, said: “We recognise that the majority of dog owners behave responsibly, but a minority refuse to do so and are inconsiderate to the community.

“These people need to change their couldn’t-care-less attitude and join with everyone else who is helping to look after Ribble Valley.

“We will be making an example of those who persist in allowing their pets to foul in playing fields, public parks and footpaths, particularly after dark.

“I would encourage everyone to report offenders and help us make a difference.”

The Dog Fouling of Land Act 1996 requires dog owners to pick up their pet’s mess in any areas designated under tha Act. It provides for fixed penalties of £50 if they don’t pick up and up to £1,000 if taken to court.

Ribble Valley Borough Council issued five fixed penalty notices and 20 informal warnings to dog owners last year.

If you want to report dog fouling contact Ribble Valley Borough Council’s Dog Warden Service on 01200 414464.

l Dog owners, particularly in rural areas, are also being advised that letting their pets worry or attack livestock is also punishable with fines of up to £1,000.

In some cases, a farmer can sue the dog owner for compensation, or has the right to shoot a dog attacking his or her livestock.