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Council Takes on another Dog Warden to Tackle Pet Poop

Published Friday, 29 November 2019

A dog-fouling crackdown is proving so effective that a council has taken on another dog warden.

Ribble Valley Borough Council has hired the warden to help clear a backlog of pet poop enforcement action following the blitz.

Dog wardens have been sweeping dog-fouling hotspots across the borough targeting people who repeatedly leave their pet poop in public.

And the scheme has been so successful that another dog warden has been hired for six months.

Ribble Valley Borough Council receives at least one complaint about pet poop a day and spends thousands of pounds 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 our dog wardens are spending more time on enforcement action, as well as emptying poop bins.

“Although we are a victim of our own success, this temporary appointment will help us keep up the pressure on dog-owners who leave their pet poop in public.”

Dog owners who fail to pick up after their pets face a £100 fixed penalty notice or day in court and fine of up to £1,000.

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


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