Dog fouling complaints outweigh number of fines

SCHEME: The canine volunteers scheme is one way the council is tackling the issue
SCHEME: The canine volunteers scheme is one way the council is tackling the issue
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The number of complaints made about dog fouling in Preston far outweighs the number of fines issued, figures suggest.

Data from Preston Council shows in a three year period almost 1,000 complaints about the problem were made but just 61 fixed penalty notices were issued.

Today council chiefs said there are a number of measures in place to tackle dog fouling. In 2011, 227 complaints were made and 38 fines were issued; in 2012 394 complaints were received and 19 tickets were issued; and last year 375 complaints were made and just four fines were issued.

Adrian Phillips, deputy director of environment, said: “The council now records a ‘pick up percentage’ of dog fouling with figures from April 2013 to August 2014 showing that the majority of dog owners in Preston do pick up after their dogs – 99 per cent.

“There are a number of measures we are using to tackle this issue – city-wide canine volunteer schemes; new Fouling Action Zones for particular problem areas; working with Park Rangers and Police Community Support Officers to issue FPNs; and with recent Dog Control Orders in place, the dog wardens are concentrating on education and responsible dog ownership.”

A fine for dog fouling issued by Preston Council is £80, or £50 if paid within a week.

Preston Council’s canine volunteers programme is made up of members of the public who can act as eyes and ears for the council and report any dog control issues to the council’s dog warden team.

The volunteers talk to dog owners about responsible dog ownership and can reward good behaviour.

To make a complaint about dog fouling call 01772 906907 or email info@preston.gov.uk.