Call for help in fight against dog fouling

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A special appeal to stop dog-fouling on the Fylde coast has been launched.

Fylde Council is appealing for the public to be its eyes and ears in its zero tolerance approach to dog dirt.

Council bosses warn that £50 fixed penalty tickets will be given to all owners who fail to clear up after their pet – but have asked for public help in identifying hot spots.

Dog wardens have been assigned to the grassed area off Carr Lane in Kirkham after a series of complaints from members of the public. The area will be patrolled in the dark as well as the daylight – and patrols will return for as long as there is a problem.

Sarah Wilson, Fylde Council’s dog warden service manager, said: “The number of complaints about dog dirt rises every winter as, we assume, people think they won’t be seen in the dark.

“We changed our wardens’ working hours last year so they also work in the hours of darkness. We give out £50 tickets whenever people offend. They don’t like it but they have to think of others.

“We have now started to select 10 hot spot areas every month in an attempt to tackle the worst-hit areas, as well as continuing patrols elsewhere.

“It is difficult to catch offenders in the act, so we are asking members of the public to let us know where they want the patrols to go.

“We will go and investigate and, if we catch someone, we will issue them with a £50 ticket.”

Residents can report fouling by calling (01253) 658658 or emailing listening@fylde.gov.uk, and they are requested to include as many details as possible to help patrols.