Dog-themed event cleans up

An event offering dog owners the chance to microchip their pet is cleaning up.

More than 100 residents attended the North Tyneside Council-run event to get their dogs micro-chipped by the Dogs Trust, in return for joining in with a community clean-up.

The event in Howdon was held to support the authority’s Big Spring Clean campaign as well as promoting responsible dog ownership.

It comes as the borough sees an increase in the number of reports of dog fouling and subsequent fines, with 48 fixed penalty notices issued and six people prosecuted within the last year.

Coun John Harrison, cabinet member for housing and the environment, said: “Not just a health hazard, everyone knows how unpleasant dog fouling is, and we will take necessary action against those who chose to break the law in this way.

“I’m pleased so many residents attended this popular event, showing the majority of dog owners are responsible and do want to look after their local area.

”The Big Spring Clean invites the community to come together to improve the borough and this event demonstrates just how successful it can be – I must thank those who lent a hand.”

The campaign, which aims to ensure the borough is clean, safe and well-maintained, this year has a greater focus on dog fouling.

Over the course of the initiative, wardens will continue to remind dog owners of their legal obligations to clean up after their pets, issuing fines to who those who don’t and the number of patrols will be increased. Problem locations identified by the public will also be responded to.

More educational events to promote responsible dog ownership are currently being planned and more detail will be released soon.

For information about the Big Spring Clean and to find out about council-led litter picks or to organise your own visit or call 0345 2000 103.