Council Vows to Continue to Take Tough Line Over Dog Issues
Irresponsible dog owners can expect to be taken to court by Tendring District Council (TDC) if it has the evidence to prosecute.
The warning comes following three successful prosecutions in recent weeks – and the crackdown is set to continue.
The Council takes dog fouling very seriously and is also prepared to take action where owners allow their pets to cause nuisance or anti-social behaviour issues.
Nick Turner, TDC’s Cabinet Member for the Environment, said that the authority’s stance is very straight forward on the matter.
“I want to make it abundantly clear to all that dog owners need to act responsibly and if they don’t we are ready to step in,” he said.
“We simply will not tolerate dog fouling or owners allowing their dogs to make other people’s lives a misery – please let us know if you witness any such incidents.”
Cllr Turner said that fortunately the majority of dog owners and their pets do not create a problem for others.
“It is in everyone’s interest that we as the responsible authority do our best to clampdown on this minority and if we have to take them to court we will.”
In the latest prosecution last week a man who admitted leaving dog mess in his Clacton garden was conditionally discharged and ordered to pay £350 costs.
He admitted six charges of failing to comply with an abatement notice by clearing up the faeces.
Council officers have visited the home to help work out a way to resolve the matter but if the notice is breached again in the next 12 months the owner will be taken back to court and face a stronger penalty.
TDC also had two recent successful prosecutions against owners who let their dogs run loose without a collar and tag.
One case was proved in the owner’s absence and they were fined £110 and ordered to pay £200 costs, while in the other case the owner admitted the charge and was fined £200 with £250 costs.
Cllr Turner added: “These three recent prosecutions show that we do take action – and get results through the courts – and we will continue to do so.”
The Council has its own in-house dog warden service which can be contacted on 01255 686766 or by emailing email@example.com and deals with a range of dog related issues.