Taking the lead

Contributed by admin on Jun 05, 2004 - 12:54 PM

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<FONT color=black>Dog owners who don’t clear up after their pets are being warned that Shepway District Council will be cracking down o­n their dirty habits during National Poop Scoop Week.

<FONT color=black>It has joined forces with Dogs Trust (formerly the NCDL), the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, to urge dog owners everywhere to be responsible and clear up after their canine companions.  The fifth National Poop Scoop Week runs from 14 to 20 June.

<FONT color=black>The council’s No Messin’ message features in the recently re-launched Shepway Today news magazine for residents and o­n posters due to be distributed to parish councils shortly.

<FONT color=black>"We have three Community Wardens who will be keeping a close eye o­n owners and making sure they clean up after their dogs.  Owners who don’t can expect a fixed penalty fine of £50 or could ultimately face prosecution and a maximum fine of £1,000," said Richard Stanford-Beale, the council’s Street Scene Manager.

<FONT color=black>But as well as cracking down o­n bad dog owners, the council plans to reward the good o­nes too.  Those who are seen by wardens clearing up after their pets will be presented with a voucher that entitles their dog to a free treat from o­ne of three local pet shops.

<FONT color=black>Cllr Carol Crees, Cabinet Member for Environmental Wellbeing, said the majority of owners were responsible. "I think it’s good that they get recognised too. Thanks to the support of three local pet shops, Pet Chefs in Folkestone,  Lamp-Post Pet Supplies in Hythe and Paws Pet Supplies in Dymchurch, we are able to say ‘thank-you’ during Poop Scoop Week."