Dog dirt offender fined

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A DOG dirt offender has been fined £50 for leaving their animal’s mess in an open space.

The pet owner was caught not picking up after their dog in St Annes by a member of the public, who alerted Fylde Council’s dog wardens.

The owner was handed a fixed penalty notice for the offence last week.

The fine was the 11th to be handed to dog dirt offenders in the borough since April.

The council is now making the plea for members of the public to help the wardens by reporting people who fall foul of the law.

Coun Albert Pounder, cabinet member for customer and operational services, said: “We have dog wardens diligently patrolling the borough, but they can’t do it all on their own.

“The public can be their eyes and ears and the more helpers the wardens have, then the cleaner they will keep the area.

“The vast majority of dog owners are very responsible, but there is a hardcore minority who think someone will clean up for them – or simply don’t care innocent people will tread in the mess.”

Anyone who sees someone failing to pick up after their pet can report dog-fouling by calling (01253) 658658.

Issues can also be reported online on the residential section of Fylde Council’s website www.fylde.gov.uk