Council collects 60 bags of dog mess in seven days in a Northamptonshire village

Environmental Enforcement Officer Andy Goodchild and Environmental Enforcement Manager Mark Harmon NNL-150317-104412001
Environmental Enforcement Officer Andy Goodchild and Environmental Enforcement Manager Mark Harmon NNL-150317-104412001

Dozens of bags of dog mess have been collected by the council in the space of just a week from ‘irresponsible’ owners.

Officers from South Northamptonshire Council have been patrolling Deanshanger on the look out for dog mess which hadn’t been cleared up.

It doesn’t take much effort at all to pick up after your dog. It’s just laziness.

Steve Power

On Thursday, March 5 officers collected 27 bags from the alleyway known as the Black Path which connects Springfield Gardens to Glebe Road.

On Tuesday, 10 March they collected another 20 bags and just two days later cleared further 14, one of which was from a pile left just inches from one of the four dog bins in the area.

Irresonsible dog owners are now being warned that they will be fined if they do not clear up after their pets.

Extra warning signs warning of the consequences have been put up in the village and officers also handed out free bags to dog walkers.

Bridget Howes walks Ted the Jug (Jack Russell/Pug cross) daily in that area and fears for the safety of children using the alleyway.

She said: “I’ve got grandchildren and if they fell in it, it could be dangerous for their eyes. I’m really vigilant with Ted and there are plenty of bins, so there’s no excuse.”

Steve Power uses the area to exercise Bentley the Cocker Spaniel and Bindy the Chihuahua cross. He said: “I hate it and it reflects badly on everyone.

“It doesn’t take much effort at all to pick up after your dog. It’s just laziness.”

Councillor Andrew Grant, Deputy Leader and portfolio holder for environmental services said: “I think the vast majority of dog owners will agree with me that it is disgusting that some people are willing to risk the health of others by not cleaning up after their pets.

“And frankly it is just unpleasant - how many of us have stepped in something and trodden it around the house.

“These irresponsible dog owners should be aware we are watching and we will prosecute where there is evidence to do so.”

Anyone caught not cleaning up after their dog could be issued with an immediate fine of £75 or up to £4,000 if the case goes to a magistrates’ court.

Dog mess can carry harmful roundworm parasites, and in the most severe cases can cause blindness.