No paws-ing for campaign

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More patrols are being stepped up to try and stamp out the problem of dog fouling.

‘No Messing!’ is a North Tyneside Council-led campaign using engagement, enforcement and education to tackle irresponsible dog ownership.

Owners must take responsibility for their pets.

Coun John Stirling, cabinet member for environment

As part of the initiative, more teams from across the organisation will be taking to the borough’s streets to tackle the issue.

It will bring together beach wardens, borough-wide environmental wardens, housing officers and the safer estates team.

Coun John Stirling, cabinet member for environment, said: “Like residents, we’re extremely proud of our award-winning parks, beaches and open spaces and we will not allow a minority to spoil them.

“The campaign has led to us to take a much stricter approach to issuing the fixed-penalty notices and prosecuting those who do not change their ways.”

“With 500 dog waste bins strategically placed throughout the borough, and along popular dog walking routes, there really is no excuse to not pick up after their dog.

“Owners must take responsibility for their pets.

“I must thank the majority of dog walkers who are conscientious, but a message must be sent to those who choose to break the law in this way that it will not be tolerated.”

Fines of £50 will be issued to anyone seen failing to pick up after their pets.

Council wardens will also be on hand at different locations to offer advice on responsible dog ownership.

The council’s environmental mascot, ‘Waldo the Wonderdog’ has been visiting schools ahead of their holidays to deliver special assemblies.