Crackdown on dog fouling at cemetery

Coun John Swindells is warning dog owners to be responsible

Coun John Swindells is warning dog owners to be responsible

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Irresponsible dog owners who disrespect Preston’s cemetery grounds could face prosecution as the city council’s dog wardens launch a crackdown.

It comes after concerns dog owners were allowing pets to urinate on headstones, run around off the lead, and foul.

Wardens will be patrolling the cemetery and crematorium grounds, and signs have been erected.

Cabinet member for planning and regulation, Coun John Swindells, said: “If you take your dog into the cemetery or crematorium grounds you must ensure that it remains on the lead at all times, that you keep your dog on the footpaths and of course you must clean up after your dog straight away if it fouls.

“Dog owners must respect the sacrosanct grounds of the cemetery and crematorium; irresponsible dog owners can cause upset and the council will take action to prevent this from happening.”

Clarke Taylor, cemetery and crematorium manager, added: “Dogs are welcome in the grounds, but their owners must ensure they behave responsibly and follow the rules.

“There is now sufficient signage at entrances and within the cemetery grounds; if dog owners do not follow the law then they are likely to be issued with a fixed penalty for £80.”