A working group has been set up in Walsall to deal with dog fouling.
It comes after a survey found that 41 per cent of respondents were concerned about the problem across the borough.
The working group, launched by Walsall Council’s environment scrutiny and performance panel, has drawn up an action plan to educate people on the health risks of leaving dog faeces and says it will get tough on persistent dog owners who do not pick up after their pets.
The action plan is expected to approve the action plan when it goes to Walsall Council’s cabinet on March 16.
The animal control team at Walsall Council will assist in investigations, erect anti-fouling signage and seize stray dogs. Those who persistently ignore the warnings could be issued with a £50 fixed penalty fine, if they do not clean up or alternatively may be prosecuted through the Magistrates Court, where the maximum fine is £1000.
It also also expected that community representatives from the area partnerships will be provided with stencils to spray the ‘no dog fouling’ message on footpaths across the borough.
Other planned action includes:
- Posters using shock tactics are displayed in parks and open spaces used by dog walkers;
- Area managers targeting hotspots with leaflets and signs;
- Registered social landlords will be asked to contribute to the anti dog fouling initiative through promotions in their newsletters and assisting with signage.
Councillor Zahid Ali, cabinet member for communities and partnerships at Walsall Council, said: “Dog fouling is a widespread problem within communities whether in individual streets or in local parks and open spaces.
“The consequences of dog-fouling can range from the inconvenience of treading or cycling through it to serious ill health caused by the various organisms living in the faeces.
“Residents within the communities need to feel reassured that the council is aware of the problem and that we are working alongside partners to tackle the problem with the resources available,” he added.
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