A TASK force set up to tackle dog fouling will be taking to the streets of Jarrow today.
A new drive to promote responsible dog ownership has been launched in response to complaints about dog owners failing to clear up after their pets.
Over the next two weeks, council officers will be focusing on housing estates in central Jarrow plus the children’s play area, wild meadow and the new Linear Park.
Dog wardens, community wardens and housing management officers will be carrying out patrols and handing out leaflets reminding dog owners of their responsibilities and urging residents to report problems.
Coun Tracey Dixon, the council’s lead member for area management and community safety, said: “This is a serious issue and a major concern to many people.
“Dog fouling not only blights our estates due to the mess it makes, but it can be harmful to people’s health.
“We have to tackle it by getting people to do the responsible thing and pick up after their pets and dispose of the waste properly.
“This new drive reinforces our efforts to tackle dog fouling in areas where it has been identified as a concern.”
Those caught allowing their pets to foul in public places without clearing up after them face an £80 fixed-penalty notice, reduced to £50 if paid within seven days.
Failure to pay will result in prosecution and a maximum fine of £1,000.
To report incidents of dog fouling, call 427 7000. For further details, visit www.southtyneside.info/nomessing