Crackdown launched in Chichester on dog owners who don’t clear up their animal’s mess

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PEOPLE are being encouraged to report dog owners who do not clear up after their pets.

Chichester District Council is urging people to ‘grass up’ persistent offenders as part of a major crackdown on dog mess.

Anyone caught not clearing up after their dog could face a £75 on-the-spot fine.

Councillor Heather Caird, who heads health at the council, said: ‘We know that the majority of dog owners are responsible and clear up after their pets.

‘But those who don’t need to be warned that we will not tolerate dog mess.

‘I am a dog owner myself, and part of that responsibility is to make sure I clean up after my dogs.

‘Leaving dog mess around is a risk to the health of both children and adults besides being very unpleasant – and that is just not acceptable.’

The council wants residents to call them if they have witnessed people leaving dog mess and they know who they are.

The authority also wants to know of hotspots in the Chichester district where people persistently offend.

Residents can call (01243) 534604.