Dog fouling is a major concern to members of the public and like other villages Sutton-in-Craven has seen a marked increase of dog owners not cleaning up after their dogs.
It is a problem that gets more complaints than anything else.
The amount of dog fouling on the footpaths in the village is a hazard, particularly for children travelling to school. The signs are everywhere, the parent quickly steering their child to one side or wheeling their push chair on the nearest piece of grass, the gentleman wiping his shoe on the grass verge, dog bags left hanging on trees or under bushes.
Wet Ings Lane is an example of a route to school and is rife with dog fouling.
Few things irritate and upset people more than abandoned deposits of dog fouling.
You own a dog, it eats, it poos, you clean it up. There’s no such thing as the Dog Poo Fairy!
Dog mess is an eyesore and a health hazard. If you are a dog owner, you have a legal duty to clean up every time your dog messes in a public place unless you are exempt owing to visual impairment or other disability.
Craven District Council provide FREE dog bags – paid by the parish levy. Many local shops stock them. Various locations throughout the village have been provided with bins.
Owners need be more responsible. It is not acceptable for dogs to foul in public places and leave it, nor is acceptable to collect their dog’s foul in a bag and leave it or throw into the adjoining fields.
To the minority of bad owners clean up after your dogs. Failing to do so is anti-social and can spread diseases.
Discussions are being held to address the matter with the District Council – the solutions are much more difficult to locate.
We urge residents to be help tackle this problem by reporting irresponsible dog owners to the Dog Warden at Craven District Council.
If you witness an irresponsible dog owner, who fails to clean up after their dog has fouled, make a note of the date, time and location of the incident, along with a description of the dog and the owner and report it to the Dog Warden along with their address if known.
Dog owners generally tend to take their dogs for routine walks along the same routes.
It is a criminal offence not to clean up after a dog in your control. Offenders will be issued with a fixed penalty notice for £50. Failure to pay may lead to a prosecution with a fine of up to £1,000, a criminal record and court costs.