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Crackdown on dog fouling working in Denbighshire

no-fouling-1444766 originalThe Daily Post has reported that Kingdom’s crackdown on Denbighshire dog fouling hot spots is proving to be a success, with council chiefs saying that complaints have dropped as they target irresponsible owners who fail to clear up after their pets.

Kingdom reported in an article back in May that they had launched a new campaign to tackle dog fouling in Denbighshire and would be solely responsible for enforcing it. They have been providing environmental protection services in the Welsh county since November 2012 on behalf of Denbighshire County Council.

The new campaign involves mini-CCTV cameras being used to film at dog fouling spots as part of a new effort to stop irresponsible pet owners who don’t clean up after their dogs. The cameras are not covert, and can be set up and moved to another location quickly and easily.

Another element of the campaign involves signs being placed on lampposts across Denbighshire warning members of the public that the area is being monitored. The signs have images of ‘reflective eyes’ which reflect light during hours of darkness. Back in May Kingdom’s officers focused their efforts on patrols specifically to identify offenders. Free bags were provided to dog owners, dog mess found on pavements was painted using chalk to highlight the problem, and Kingdom’s officers gathered intelligence to enable further enforcement.

As well as punishing those dog owners who don’t clear up after their pets, Kingdom’s officers have also been rewarding those who do by giving them the chance to be entered into a prize draw as part of the Bin it to Win it scheme.

The Daily Post article says: “Dog fouling hot spots in Denbighshire have been revealed as council chiefs say they are starting to win the war. Complaints of pet mess left on streets and field around the county have dropped nearly 20% in a year from 592 to 477, local authority figures have revealed.

“Council chiefs say new initiatives, including compact CCTV cameras, a push to penalise offenders and educating the public, is paying dividends. Dog fouling hotspots are being targeted with 45 fixed penalty notices (FPNs) dished out so far in 2016.”

It was noted in the article that Denbighshire County Council has served more dog fouling FPNs (Fixed Penalty Notices) during 2014/15 than any other local authority in Wales, and that there are currently 24 prosecution cases pending in court for dog owners who have not paid their FPNs. The article also included a list of the hot spots that Kingdom’s officers are targeting.

Denbighshire Council’s Head of Planning and Public Protection, Graham Boase, gave a report to councillors which said: “Frontline staff now interact far more with dog owners. Staff routinely hand out the disposable bags to dog owners and issue advice on where the nearest bin is. This interaction with dog owners also allows the team to gather intelligence on persistent offenders which helps identify “hot spots” for the Kingdom enforcement officers to target. The Streetscene team now sprays yellow chalk spray whenever they clean dog mess to help raise public awareness. This has been well received by the public.”

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