‘Irresponsible’ Essex owners fined £50 after their dogs fouled pavements
Two “irresponsible” dog owners have each been fined for not clearing up after their pets.
Both owners were handed £50 charges after being reported by community-minded residents.
A woman in St Osyth was traced by Tendring District Council’s dog warden team after she was spotted outside St Osyth Primary School.
Parents witnessed her walk away after her dog had fouled on the pavement.
The wardens found the woman at her home where she admitted the offence and was handed a £50 fixed penalty notice, which she paid.
In a separate incident in Brightlingsea a man was caught on a private CCTV camera failing to clean-up after his dog in Seaview Crescent.
The footage was handed over to the dog wardens and the man identified.
He also admitted the offence when spoken to at his home, was presented with the FPN and paid up on the spot.
Michael Talbot, cabinet member for the environment at Tendring District Council, said the public can make a difference in catching culprits by reporting incidents and being prepared to give a statement.
He said: “The wardens cannot be everywhere at the same time and we have to rely on the extra eyes of the public to catch people failing to clear-up after their pets.
“Some do not bother because they do not think anything will happen.
“Well, these two latest offences prove that is clearly not the case.
“I congratulate all those who do come forward and help us to be able to take action against irresponsible dog owners, who are very much in the minority.
“It is community-minded and will certainly make others think twice before not cleaning up after their dogs.”
Anyone wanting to report a dog-fouling incident should contact Tendring District Council’s dog wardens on 01255 686787.