More action to target dog fouling hot-spots

Published on 18 March 2015

MORE undercover patrols could be introduced at dog fouling hotspots as part of a city council crackdown.

A pilot project is being launched in four areas of the city where there has been an increase in complaints about dog fouling.

City wardens will be working with residents to gather information about where, and when, action should be targeted to tackle dog fouling in their neighbourhoods.

Cllr Sarah Russell, Assistant City Mayor for neighbourhood services, said: “Dog fouling isn’t just incredibly unpleasant, it can be dangerous.

“While many dog owners do dispose of their pets’ waste responsibly, dog fouling can still blight some neighbourhoods.

“Residents’ local knowledge is invaluable in helping us target action to tackle the problem.

“Initially, this would involve high-visibility patrols talking to dog walkers and promoting responsible dog ownership. We will also be looking at whether more bins might help.

“But where the problem persists, we would not rule out plains clothes patrols as part of targeted enforcement action.

“It is important that people realise that there is no excuse for not clearing up after their dogs.”

The four areas being targeted in the pilot are Aylestone, Eyres Monsell, Freeman and Knighton. Leaflets will be delivered to around 500 homes encouraging people to report any dog-fouling hotspots in their local area.

Cllr Rory Palmer, Deputy City Mayor and ward councillor for Eyres Monsell, said: “No-one knows a neighbourhood better than the people who live there. It’s important that we encourage people to report issues affecting their local area so we can take action to put it right.”

It is an offence for dog owners, or those in charge of dogs, not to clean up after their dog has fouled on public land. This can be punished with an £80 fine.

Leicester City Council has issued over 60 fines for dog fouling in the last two years.

Dog fouling can also be reported by using the council's new Love Leicester app. For more information visit www.leicester.gov.uk/loveleicester