Dog patrols starting

Daytime checks are to be staged across East Yorkshire to help reduce the number of dog fouling incidents.

Some areas have been blighted by canine faeces and East Riding of Yorkshire Council has started a scheme to address the problem after reporting that animal owners are not cleaning up.

In conjunction with Dog Fouling Week, which begins in March 11, canine wardens and law enforcers will be present on the streets in Beverley, Bridlington, Goole and other areas in the early morning.

Owners caught leaving dog faeces risk penalties of £75 and those who do not comply with clean up regulations could be prosecuted.

Councillor Jackie Cracknell said: “Dog Fouling Week is not about springing surprises on dog-walkers, it is about promoting responsible dog-ownership so all residents and visitors can enjoy the beauty of East Yorkshire without having to mind where they are treading.”

There were 509 cases of dog fouling reported to the local authority in 2012, up from 429 in 2011 and 386 in 2010.

The wardens will also keep an eye out for dogs which are aggressive, a public nuisance or those being walked in no-dog areas.

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