Rewards on offer for South Tyneside dog owners who pick up their pet’s mess

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Responsible dog owners are being given a chance to win pet goodies as part of a campaign to tackle dog fouling across South Tyneside.

Earlier this year, South Tyneside Council and South Tyneside Homes launched a campaign to promote responsible dog ownership and to take action against those who fail to pick up their pet’s mess.

As part of the campaign, the council and South Tyneside Homes have joined forces with the Pets at Home store in South Shields to reward responsible dog owners.

The partnership involves dog wardens and area management staff handing out cards to those owners who are seen picking up after their dogs. The cards qualify them to be entered into a monthly prize draw for £40 worth of products from Pets at Home. The prize draw runs until March 2016.

Coun Tracey Dixon, lead member for area management and community safety, said: “We are delighted that Pets at Home is supporting our partnership approach to raising awareness of responsible dog ownership, getting people to pick up after their dogs and properly disposing of the waste in the bins provided.

“While we target irresponsible owners who spoil our lovely borough, our streets, play areas and beaches, it is important to recognise that there are a great many more responsible owners who respect their neighbourhood and do scoop up after their dogs.

Paul Welsh, manager at Pets at Home, said: “We know that our customers at Pets at Home are responsible pet owners and take their responsibilities seriously, so we were pleased to support this incentive to reward positive behaviour and get people picking up after their dogs and disposing of the waste properly for the benefit of the whole community.”

Irresponsible dog owners who fail to clear up the mess and dispose of it properly face being issued with an £80 fine (reduced to £50 if paid within seven days). Failure to pay will result in criminal prosecution with a maximum fine of £1,000.