Plea to report dog fouling

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“DOG fouling is quite simply a grotesque act and dog owners who do not pick up after their pets need to be apprehended and dealt with – and to do this we need your help,” says Trevor Clydesdale, Neighbourhood Environmental Manager at Craigavon Borough Council.

Emphasising the importance of having the backing of the community, Council is urging members of the public to directly contact them with specific details of a person allowing their dog to foul and not picking it up.

“Council is committed to making the Borough a cleaner place for all to enjoy and along with the Portadown Times, Lurgan Mail and most importantly – you, the public – we can ensure that the irresponsible dog owners are stopped. But we need the evidence,” added Trevor.

Dog fouling can be reported by calling the Council on 028 3831 2400 or by clicking on www.craigavondogfouling.com. You will be asked for your name and address, contact details, the date, time and location of the offence and details of the offence. These are called ‘Witness Statements’ and allow the Council to follow up with the owner and issue Fixed Penalty fines to deter them from allowing their dog to foul in public again.

Council would like to stress that these Witness Statements are completely confidential and the perpetrator will not know who has reported them.

If a person is caught allowing their dog to foul and not picking it up by the Dog Warden or an Environmental Warden who is patrolling the Borough, you will be issued with an on the spot fine of £50.

A graphic new poster showing a disgusting pile of dog mess is currently being displayed in all Council facilities urging people to report offenders and how to do it. Banners with this message will also been erected at the Brownlow Community Hub, Tannaghmore Gardens and Craigavon City Park over the coming months.

Two new dog bins have been installed on the Garvaghy Road and a further 48 bins will be installed throughout the Borough from onwards May. A further ‘blitz’ involving regular patrols will continue in problem areas such as the Bann Boulevard, Gilford Road, Portadown Town Centre and a number of other areas.

“Without the help of the public, Council alone will not be able to clamp down as hard as we need to on this issue – the community are our eyes and ears and we need their evidence to help make our Borough a brighter, cleaner place for everyone to enjoy,” added Trevor. “Help us to make the difference.”