Message to dirty dog owners on the footpath

Coun Phillips is pictured with Dog Warden, Dave Granger in Easingwold applying a stencil. (S)
Coun Phillips is pictured with Dog Warden, Dave Granger in Easingwold applying a stencil. (S)

Spray-Painted pavement slogans are the latest technique in the fight against dog fouling in Hambleton.

Hambleton District Council’s Dog Warden is using stencils to leave the message ‘No Fouling’ with a picture of a dog, in dog mess ‘hotspots’ throughout the district.

The spray signs which have the backing of North Yorkshire County Council will be marked using a chalk-based temporary paint, which washes off in the rain.

“We want to show the residents of Hambleton that we are taking dog fouling seriously,” said Coun Brian Phillips, Portfolio Holder for Environmental and Planning Services.

“We are determined to do all we can to shame dog owners who don’t pick up after their pets.

Hopefully they will see the signs and know that the Dog Warden has been in the area and think twice before walking away from it.

“The message is simple, it is a criminal offence, and it is your pet and your responsibility.

“Bag it and bin it.”

Dog owners are advised find a dog waste bin to dispose of the offending material, or failing that to bag the mess and take it home or use a standard litter bin.

Anyone who gets caught not clearing up after their pooch face an automatic fixed penalty fine of £50 which if not paid can lead to a £1,000 fine.

Vigilant residents can report offenders to the council on 01609 779977.