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Falmouth dog-owners called on to clean up mess or face fine

By West Briton  |  Posted: October 16, 2012

  • With the orders, from left, Lee Mitchell, PCSO Sean McDonnell, Julian Kay, CORMAC, town clerk Mark Williams and Jonathan Wilkinson, FTC.

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A CLAMPDOWN on dog-owners who allow their pets to foul public areas has been launched in Falmouth and Penryn.

The issue was listed as a top priority by Penryn residents in the latest Have Your Say police initiative.

Working with the county and town councils, the police will target the problem over the next three months.

And as PCSO Lewis Vague discussed how to address it with the clerk Michelle Davey, he spotted a dog wandering the streets, witnessed it fouling, followed it home and issued the owner with an £80 fixed-penalty fine.

He said: "It is the first time in five years I have actually seen it happen."

Miss Davey said: "It is the most common complaint in the office, but even when people know who the culprit is, they don't want to say.

"The police and enforcement officers have to have a name and/or address or catch them in the act to take action.

"So if you know who these irresponsible people are, or when and where they walk their dogs, please let us know so we can deal with it."

Meanwhile Falmouth Town Council has made a 'dogs on lead' direction order for Kimberley Park and Falmouth Cemetery.

Clerk Mark Williams said: "At both sites irresponsible dog-owners have caused issues for other users trying to enjoy the sites."

If a dog causes a nuisance and the owner fails to put it on or keep it on a lead, they could receive an £80 fine or prosecution.

"It is very much hoped this will prevent issues that have been experienced.

"If this measure does not work, reluctantly the council will consider a complete ban on dogs in those areas," said Mr Williams.

Councillor David Sterratt added: "We hope dog-owners will become more responsible."

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  • lurchersrock  |  October 16 2012, 11:19AM

    I agree Josdave, we have four dogs and ALWAYS clean up after them. I hate to see mess on the pavement and if I happen to see someone not clearing up after their dog, I offer them a poo bag to make the point. Dog faeces can also be a health hazard if the dog has not been wormed (this should be law). If you are not prepared to clean up after your dog then DON'T HAVE A DOG!!!

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  • josdave  |  October 16 2012, 8:09AM

    £80 spot fine is no deterrent. There is a maximum fine of £1,000 available to the courts and this should be used along with naming and shaming those guilty ones.The only way to hurt these irresponsible dog owners is in the pocket so instead of the punative £80 spot fine take them to court and really hit them. They give the majority of dog owners who are responsible people a bad name they don't deserve.

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