RESIDENTS in Barrow are being urged to report irresponsible dog walkers who fail to clean up after their pets.
Members of Barrow Borough Council’s dedicated Streetcare Team are raising awareness of
dog fouling in a bid to highlight the impact it can have upon the whole community.
The move comes after the Barrow and District Junior Football League took the decision to halt all matches at the Schneider Road playing fields after deeming the location unsafe for children.
Councillor Beverly Morgan, Barrow Borough Council spokesperson for children and young
people, said she hoped members of the public would take pride in local amenities across
Barrow so they can be enjoyed by everyone.
“Our Streetcare Team have been out speaking to members of the public about the issue.
“The feedback we’ve had so far from residents has been excellent and the response
unequivocal - they want dog owners to take responsibility for their pets and clear up after them.
“People have been keen to engage with our streetcare officers on this matter. They’re pleased to see us raising awareness of it.”
Dog owners have a legal duty to clean up after their pet.
Anyone who fails to do so is liable for a £100 fixed penalty fine.
The Streetcare Team are already carrying out regular patrols across the area as well as
handing out leaflets containing information on the law surrounding dog fouling.
Now, they are also appealing for people to contact the council if they see anyone allowing their dog to foul public areas without stopping to clean it up.
They will be asked to provide a description of the owner and pet, as well as the location and
time of the offence.
Cllr Morgan added: “To hear that a football club for children hasn’t been able to use the playing fields because the pitch is so dirty is deeply disappointing.
“Clearing up after your dog takes seconds. Failing to do it not only has a huge impact upon our whole community, it can land owners themselves with a hefty fine.
“Our Streetcare Team are working hard to raise awareness of this issue.
“We would now urge residents to report serial offenders, so that we can make sure we are in the right place at the right time to catch anyone who flouts the law.”
Anyone who wishes to report irresponsible owners should call Barrow Borough Council on
01229 876 543.