War stepped up on dog foul menace

The launch of the Wyre Borough dog control orders, in Fleetwood's Memorial Park. Cocker Spaniel Ellie takes a look.
The launch of the Wyre Borough dog control orders, in Fleetwood's Memorial Park. Cocker Spaniel Ellie takes a look.
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FRUSTRATED councillors are stepping up their war on dog fouling – and are warning irresponsible owners will be named and shamed.

Despite introducing dog control orders to tackle people not picking up after their pets, parts of Wyre are still being affected by lazy owners.

Wyre Council received 23 complaints about dog fouling in Fleetwood’s Pharos, Rossall and Warren ward as well as Jubilee ward in Cleveleys in November and December.

Coun Peter Murphy, street scene portfolio holder for Wyre Council, said: “Next week there will be concerted efforts to catch these people and we will be going out in the area to where we’ve had these complaints.

“Hopefully we can catch somebody. If the owners are persistent offenders or don’t pay their fine we can take them to court.

“Their names will definitely go on our website and we will name and shame them.

“If we name and shame them it will encourage others to stop.

“We are seeing some responsible people who pick up after their dogs but we’ve got to stop the ones who don’t.”

The council had taken the time to educate irresponsible owners about their actions, but now also hands out £60 penalty fines.

Ivor Bold, chairman of Fleetwood Neighbourhood Watch, said: “They should be fined and there should be no holding back on them.

“It makes the town look untidy and most of the problems happen in the hours of darkness and nobody can see what’s going on.”

Coun Terry Rogers, Pharos ward councillor, added: “We have spent a lot of time educating people about how anti social it is when you don’t pick up after your dog and I welcome the fines.”