North Tyneside Council continues crackdown on dog foulers

Colin Boxshall, the councils Community and Public Spaces Protection Manager.
Colin Boxshall, the councils Community and Public Spaces Protection Manager.
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An irresponsible dog owner is paying the price for failing to pick up after her pet.

North Tyneside Council is continuing to crackdown on dog fouling in the borough.

Mary-Jane McKurr was seen to make no attempt to clear up after her dog when it fouled the street on East View, Wideopen, last August.

The 53-year-old was stopped by two Community Protection Officers from the council but failed to give her name and address as required by law – and the dog had no identifying collar – so the council launched an investigation and took her to court.

North Tyneside Magistrates Court found McKurr, of East View, Wideopen, guilty of the offence and ordered her to pay £905, including council costs and a victim surcharge.

As part of the crackdown, Community Protection Officers have targeted several locations – including Whitley Bay, North Shields, Wallsend, Shiremoor, Howdon and Burradon – where residents have raised concerns about dog fouling.

Colin Boxshall, the council’s community and public spaces protection manager, added: “We have a zero tolerance approach and dog walkers are warned to either pick up after their dogs or risk a £50 fine.”

Residents can report irresponsible dog owners anonymously by calling the Community Protection Team on (0345) 2000 103, or online at www.northtyneside.gov.uk.