A new squad of dog wardens is cracking down on fouling in South Tyneside.
An environmental campaign to tackle dog fouling and promote responsible ownership is gathering pace across the borough.
It is illegal for dog owners not to pick up after their dog. They can face an £80 fine. Failure to pay could result in prosecution with a maximum fine of £1,000.
South Tyneside Council is working with South Tyneside Homes to take action on people who fail to clear up after their pets, while raising awareness of the detrimental impact dog fouling has on local communities.
New measures have included training more staff to be on the street to issue on-the-spot fines to dog owners who leave mess behind.
People will also see new signage and posters displayed across the borough reminding irresponsible dog owners that there are more people than ever out on the streets watching out for offenders.
South Tyneside is no worse than any other area for dog fouling but it is a major concern to many people and is an issue we take extremely seriously.Coun Tracey Dixon
The council is also keen to remind people that used poop-scoop bags can also be placed in any public waste bin.
Coun Tracey Dixon, lead member for area management and community safety, said: “South Tyneside is no worse than any other area for dog fouling but it is a major concern to many people and is an issue we take extremely seriously.
“For this reason, the council is working with its partners at South Tyneside Homes to take a tough proactive approach to dealing with the issue of dog fouling on council estates and public spaces right across the borough.”
To report dog fouling, call 0191 427 7000.