Cllr Cox said, ‘This is great news and I’d like to thank this civic-minded resident. We take a proactive approach to dog fouling, but we can’t have a dog warden on every street corner. We will make payments to residents who inform us of dog owners who allow their dogs to foul on footpaths and other places which leads to the issue of a fixed penalty notice, or a successful prosecution. In this case the resident declined to accept the £50 reward, but the reward is there and available as a payment taken from fixed penalty income based on successful prosecutions, so please help us to tackle the problem of dog fouling and let us have as much information as you can.’
In the scheme, residents are offered £50 rewards for information on dog owners who allow their pets to foul public spaces, as part of the Council’s drive to tackle dog fouling.
Councillor Cox added, ‘Residents feel strongly about dog fouling and we are determined to do all we can to combat it. We’ve already installed an extra hundred dog bins around the borough, bringing the total to 300, with another 54 in parks. We’ve also provided 200,000 free bags for owners to use to clear up their dog waste which are available from Scaitcliffe House Reception and Willows Lane Depot Reception.
We will also take people to court where necessary and recently a man who allowed his dogs to foul on two separate occasions in Accrington was convicted in court and ordered to pay over £500 in fines and costs. Another dog fouling case is currently pending in the court and several fixed penalty notices have also been issued by Police Community Support Officers in Clayton-le-Moors.
This £50 reward campaign is about getting the message through to the minority of irresponsible dog owners who don’t clean up after their dogs that we are on the case and anyone caught failing to clean up after their dog will face a fine. Dog fouling is unsightly, unpleasant and can be dangerous to health and this scheme is part of our campaign to tackle it.’
If the information provided leads to either a successful prosecution or the issuing of a Fixed Penalty Notice, then, subject to criteria and guidelines, the Council will give the resident who reported it £50.
See details of the £50 reward scheme, how to report and the qualifying criteria.