Public urged to tip officers off about Gosport dog fouling culprits

BIN IT Gosport Borough Council is waging war against irresponsible dog owners
BIN IT Gosport Borough Council is waging war against irresponsible dog owners
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PEOPLE are being urged to shop dog walkers who don’t clean up after their pets.

Gosport Borough Council is waging war against irresponsible dog owners who leave mess in parks and on pavements.

And to highlight the issue, the council says it recently dished out a £75 fine to a man who let all four of his dogs foul the pavement – and then walked away.

The man was caught by Streetscene officers in Common Barn Lane, Lee-on-the-Solent, after a tip-off from disgusted neighbours.

Stevyn Ricketts, the council’s head of Streetscene, said: ‘We had a report and we spoke to a couple of complainants and got more detailed information and then it was just a case of being in the right place at the right time.

‘We managed to catch the offender and he let all four dogs foul the pavement and just walked off.

‘We’re not really short of bins across the borough and they’re all emptied frequently so there should be no excuse.

‘We don’t really want to be going around issuing people with tickets but if they have committed an offence we will.

‘We will investigate all reports and hopefully catch the offender.’

The council wants people to report incidents of repeated dog fouling to the Streetscene team.

If neighbours tell them when it is happening and what the dog looks like, uniformed officers will include the area on their patrols.

They sometimes also carry out plain clothes patrols in a bid to catch offenders.

The council says people who fail to clean up dog mess are leaving children at risk of toxocariasis, a disease which is found in animal faeces.

Councillor Graham Burgess, the chairman of the council’s community board, said: ‘There really is no excuse for this sort of behaviour.

‘We’ve installed bins all around the borough for owners to use and you only have to see the amount cleared from them to know that we have a lot of considerate dog owners who clean up after their pets.

‘Unfortunately there is always someone who will just walk away and leave it.

‘Some people walk their dog early in the morning or late at night when they think no one will see, while others just leave it and blatantly don’t care.’

Streetscene officers are on patrol in the town from 6am to 8pm every day of the week.

You can report regular dog fouling to the council by calling Streetscene on 08000 198 598.

All calls are dealt with in confidence.