North Tyneside Council continues crackdown on dog foulers
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.