Pick up or pay up! That’s the message to irresponsible Ribble Valley dog owners who let their pets poop in public.
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 1st.
The dog control orders will see pet owners face fixed penalty notices of £80 for anti-social pet behaviour, or fines of up to £1,000 in a magistrates’ court, with enforcement officers out and about to oversee the measures over the coming months.
Five orders have been approved by the council’s community services committee following the ongoing problem of dog fouling in public places, particularly on playing fields.
Pet owners are required to remove dog faeces from public land, including footpaths and fields, and to keep their dogs on leads when instructed to do so by a dog enforcement officer.
Dogs are prohibited on sports pitches, playing fields and children’s playgrounds. They must also be kept on a lead in Clitheroe Cemetery and no more than four can be walked in public at any one time. Signs spelling out the new rules will be installed at relevant sites over the coming weeks.
Ribble Valley Borough 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.
“Most dog owners are responsible and pick up after their pets, but there is an irresponsible minority who do not and the new orders will give us greater powers to deal with them.
“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.”
To report dog fouling or for further information, call Ribble Valley Borough Council on 01200 425111 or visit www.ribblevalley.gov.uk