Council Crackdown on Irresponsible Dog Owners

Councillors Ann Smith, Sue Deryshire and the local Lib Dem team have thanked local residents for the excellent response to their recent Resident’s Survey in Stockport.

One of the recurring issues that residents’ reported as a blight on our neighbourhoods was dog fouling.

The Council’s Dog Warden Service receives approximately 600-700 complaints about dog fouling every year and the winter months see the biggest rise in these complaints.

For every complaint where irresponsible owners have failed to be identified, one of Stockport Council’s dog wardens patrols the affected location and ensures that an anti-fouling sign is in place.

During November an irresponsible dog owner was witnessed allowing their dog to foul on Offerton Road, and was issued with an on the spot fixed penalty fine of £50.

Another was taken to court for failure to pick up and dispose of his dogs faeces and was ordered to pay a fine of £457.94.

Councillor Shan Alexander, Stockport Council’s Executive Member for Leisure, said: “The Council is committed to keeping the streets of Stockport dog foul free. The vast majority of dog owners dispose of their pets waste in a responsible way, however we will target those who fail to do so.”

Residents can report any known offenders to the Council’s Dog Warden Service on 0161 474 4207, or text 07624 805 662 specifying the time, date and location of a fouling offence witnessed and a brief description of the dog and owner.  Texts cost the standard network rate.

If you want dog foul to be removed from a public place, contact 0161 217 6111 and let the Council know about the problem.

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