Devizes dog owners will face fouling fines
12:00pm Friday 1st March 2013 in Latest News
Town council staff will be able to fine Devizes dog owners for not cleaning up after their pets if their application for a dog control order is approved by Wiltshire Council.
The town council applied for one of the new government dog control orders specifically to give their staff the ability to police dog walkers in Hillworth Park.
But they have also been asked by Wiltshire Council to monitor the behaviour of dog owners throughout the town.
Deputy town clerk Simon Fisher said: “The dog control orders are out to consultation at the moment. The consultation period ends at the end of March and then we will have to train our staff to issue fixed penalty tickets.
“The fine is £75 but it will only be used on dog owners who let their animals foul and then don’t clear up after them. Wiltshire Council is not able to police dog fouling across the county as they only have two dog wardens, so they have asked us, if any of our staff see an infringement elsewhere in the town, could they issue tickets if appropriate.”
Mr Fisher assured responsible dog owners they have nothing to fear under the new arrangements.
Town councillor Sue Evans welcomed the news. She said: “I am constantly being approached by residents who are fed up with the amount of dog fouling that goes on around the town.
“Windsor Drive is the worst area for this kind of thing, although there are problems all over town.”
Coun Evans has good reason to be particularly concerned about dog fouling as her son, Gareth, contracted an eye disease from dog faeces which still affects him today.
She and her husband Peter have launched their own campaign to urge dog owners to scoop the poop and have been putting up posters around the town.
The dog fouling plague is not purely a town centre problem.
Coun Laura Mayes, chairman of Devizes Area Board, said her board would be discussing the subject.
She said: “I would like the board to address this issue across the whole Devizes area as it is something that affects so many people.
“We need to find a way to get dog owners to take responsibility for their dogs’ waste and welcome Sue’s initiative to find a solution.”