A very bizarre incident occurred on Monday 30 September. One of the residents of Sunnybank had just walked her dogs up the nearby track and when she came back down the track by the dog waste bin, someone had gone into the bin and spread about 20 bags of dog excrement around the track. She kindly cleared it all up, but why would someone do this?
It does appear that there are a number of inconsiderate people who will not clean up after their dogs. If you see any behaviour like this then please report them to TVBC.
If a person does not clear up after their dog an officer of the Local Authority (TVBC) may issue them, on the spot, a Fixed Penalty Ticket fine. The fine is currently £80.00 which must be paid within 14 days of issue. If paid within 7 days a reduced fine of £50.00 may be paid. Failure to pay a fixed penalty fine may lead to prosecution in the Magistrates Court for which the maximum fine is currently £1000.00.
A person not clearing up after their dog may also be prosecuted if the person witnessing the act is prepared to give a statement and act as a witness in court saying such. This means that everyone can help in reducing the irresponsible dog owners in our Borough. If you are prepared to act as a witness please contact the Dog Warden on 01264 368000.
If you are aware of any irresponsible dog owners in your area then please contact either the Dog Warden on 01264 368000 with information on where and when the offence took place and a description of the person and dog. This information can be used to increase patrols in problem areas and help officers identify offenders. Any information passed to officers in this way will be treated confidentially.