Clitheroe Cemetery Dog-Fouling CrackdownPublished Wednesday, 22 May 2019
A council is to get tough on dog owners who are letting their pets poop in a public cemetery.
Dog wardens are to patrol Clitheroe Cemetery, where irresponsible dog-owners are allowing pets to foul among graves.
The cemetery is one of several action zones targeting people who repeatedly leave pet poop in public.
Dog wardens will be sweeping the cemetery, as well as other dog-fouling hotspots in Clitheroe, Longridge, Barrow, Whalley, Billington, Wilpshire, Read and Mellor, in a bid to catch the culprits who are blighting the borough with dog dirt.
And dog walkers who fail to pick up after their pets will be slapped with a £100 fixed penalty notice or day in court and fine of up to £1,000.
Ribble Valley Borough Council receives at least one complaint about dog fouling per day and spends £30,000 a year disposing of it.
Heather Barton, the council’s head of environmental health, said: “Dog-fouling is the subject of constant complaints from residents and we are currently receiving about one complaint daily.
“Many dog owners are picking up their pet poop, then simply hanging it on tree branch!
“This has got to stop and dog warden patrols have been stepped up in hotspots like Clitheroe Cemetery, where dog-fouling is absolutely unacceptable.
“We are asking residents to be our eyes and ears and help us tackle this problem by reporting irresponsible dog owners.”
To report dog-fouling, contact Ribble Valley Borough Council in confidence on 01200 425111.
Did you know?
Public space protection orders operate throughout Ribble Valley, which make it an offence to:
- Let your dog foul
- Not be in possession of dog bags
- Let your dog off its lead in Clitheroe Cemetery
- Allow your dog to enter a playground or sports pitch
- Refuse to put your pet on a lead if asked by a dog warden
- Be in charge of more than four dogs at once