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Dog Fouling

The Town Council is mindful that there have been numerous reports of dog fouling over these past few months.  It is both sad and shocking that a minority of dog owners consider it unnecessary to “pick up” after their dogs, or do pick up and leave a bag lying on the floor, or hanging from a tree.

Dog owners who don’t bag and bin their dog’s mess are breaking the law as well as seriously letting the community down.

Torridge District Council’s Environmental team take dog fouling seriously and will prosecute offenders.  However, for them to be able pursue an incident they need evidence.  To that end, they wish to hear from anyone who is aware of, or has witnessed individuals who do not pick up and bag.  Torridge do ask for the reporter’s name and address and whether they are willing to give a witness statement and attend court if necessary. However, incidents can also be reported anonymously giving locations, times, a brief description of what was seen, gender and appearance of dog walker and description of dog.

If anyone is aware of incidents/trends, such as roughly the same time and place each day, please contact Torridge District Council and report accordingly. Contact details are; e-mail, telephone 01237 428700 or write to Torridge District Council, Environment Protection, Riverbank House, Bideford, EX39 2QG.

Karen Chapman (Town Clerk)