A SOUTH Tyneside councillor has urged the public to shop dog owners who don’t pick up the mess after their pets foul.
Councillor Jeff Milburn, who represents Cleadon and East Boldon for the Conservatives, says he has encountered bags of dog dirt which have been flung into his garden in Sunniside Lane, Cleadon Village.
And he has called on anyone who witnesses an owner breaking the law to contact the council’s Customer Contact Centre.
He said: “I would say that 90 per cent of dog owners are responsible but there is a small minority who are not. These are the kind of people who have flung bags of dog muck into my garden and my neighbour’s garden.
“You also see owners who allow their dogs to foul on Cleadon Hills and don’t pick up after them. It’s disgusting and raises serious health concerns.
“I’d urge anyone who sees such behaviour to report it.”
A spokesman for South Tyneside Council said: “The mess caused by dog fouling is not only unpleasant, it blights our estates and poses a public health risk.
“While we appreciate most dog owners are considerate and responsible, there are still some people who fail to clean up after their dogs.
“Those who do not clean up after their dogs on public land are committing a criminal offence. We take this issue very seriously and will always take enforcement action where we can.
“We would like to remind people that it is not acceptable to simply dump the used plastic dog waste bags in the street, in gardens or in people’s yards, as this is a littering offence.
“Dog owners are encouraged to take the bags home to dispose of in their own bins or they can put them into any of the litter bins provided in public areas.”
To report dog fouling, call the council’s customer contact centre on 427 7000. For further information or to report online, visit the council’s website at www.southtyneside.info