No paws over dog mess fine

Dog owners are being urged to clean up after their pets after the number of fines issued nearly doubled in the last 12 months.

In 2011-12, there were 40 penalty notices issued for dog fouling and seven people prosecuted, while in 2012-13 there were 72 penalty notices issued and eight people prosecuted.

In a bid to help tackle the problem, North Tyneside Council has increased patrols across the borough.

Community wardens will issue £50 on the spot fixed penalties to anyone who does not pick up after their dogs, with the patrols coinciding with the summer dog beach ban which came into force this week.

From May 1 to September 30, dogs will be banned from Cullercoats Bay, King Edward’s Bay, Whitley Bay south and Tynemouth Long Sands south.

Head of environmental services at the council, Phil Scott, said: “Although most dog owners are very considerate, a message must be sent to those irresponsible owners that dog fouling will not be tolerated.

“We would also like to remind the public to respect the summer beach dog ban and clean up after their pets.

“The council works extremely hard in keeping the borough as clean and attractive as possible and members of the public play an important role in helping us to do so.”

For more about the dog ban or other aspects of dog legislation visit www.northtyneside.gov.uk