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News Archive > General > Hold your nose as ‘lazy’ dog owners fall foul of the law

Hold your nose as ‘lazy’ dog owners fall foul of the law

By Natasha Swift 24th February 2021

Hold your nose as ‘lazy’ dog owners fall foul of the law
Cornwall councillor for Mount Charles, Richard Pears, has slammed lazy dog owners as cases of dog poo litter in St Austell have skyrocketed by 200% during lockdown

“Lazy” dog owners in St Austell have been blasted as “the worst of the worst” as cases of dog poo litter have skyrocketed by 200% during lockdown. 

Dog poo litter removal company, Divert.co.uk, says dog fouling is up 200% since lockdown as it claims there is “more poo than people on the streets of St Austell right now”.

Walking the dog has become one of the few opportunities to get outside for some fresh air during lockdown, but it has come at a stinking, germ-ridden cost, claims the company. 

It says the increase is a clear indicator that not all dog owners are cleaning up after their pups and say those who bag the poo, and then dump the bag in the street or up a tree are just as bad. 

One of the areas in the town that has seen an increase in dog poo littering the pavements is Mount Charles. 

Cornwall councillor for Mount Charles, Richard Pears, has slammed lazy dog owners and said they give others a bad name.

He told the Voice: “It is something that infuriates me. In built up areas some dog owners just leave it where people get it all over their feet, it’s disgusting and there’s no excuse for lazy owners leaving it there. 

“But then in our parks and rural areas we have an even worse problem. People who bag it up and then sling it into the bushes where it sits encased in plastic for the next 20 years. 
“I can’t get my head around what people are thinking? I understand laziness, but going to the trouble of bagging up dog mess and then slinging it into the bushes is the worst of all possible worlds. 

“Littering and making the dog mess problem worse. People who don’t clean up after their dog give the vast majority of considerate dog owners a bad name.”
Divert.co.uk spokesperson, Mark Hall, said: “It is disgusting to see that some dog owners are failing to pick up after their pets, when it’s an offence and the waste can lead to serious illnesses.

“There is more poo than people on the streets of St Austell right now.”
St Austell & Mevagissey Community Network confirmed there had been an increase in reports of dog fouling during lockdown and urged people to pick up after their pooch or face a £100 fine if caught out. 

Under the Antisocial Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act it is an offence to allow a dog to foul in a public place and fail to remove the faeces.

People who don’t pick up their dog’s poo could be issued a Fixed Penalty Notice of £100. If unpaid, a prosecution could result in a fine of up to £1,000.

Cornwall Council has teamed up with local town and parish councils and community groups to help tackle the issue. 

Last year Keep Britain’s Tidy We’re Watching You campaign was trialled in 11 dog fouling hot spots across Cornwall. The eye-catching signs resulted in an average reduction in dog fouling by 72.5%. 

Cornwall Council’s Communities and Public Protection team have been giving out additional signs, which have been installed at seven new sites across the county over the last few months. 

The impact of the signs is being closely monitored by dedicated community ambassador volunteers through weekly survey visits. 
If you witness a fouling incident, you can report it via the Cornwall Council website or by calling 0300 1234 212.  

By Natasha Swift 24th February 2021

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