Dog Sh** and FPNs
I still fail to understand why so many dog owners find it impossible to pick up their dogs mess. Things have slightly improved in Porthleven, but it is still a problem. Porthleven is not alone, as this problem plagues Cornwall, too. I know dog owners have contacted me to complain about the issue, but I still do not think the amount of dog-waste not being picked up is the work of one or two dogs.
Cornwall Council’s Environmental Enforcement Team has had some success in catching people who think it is ok not to pick up after their dog leaves a deposit. Though I have to say, the number of people caught at given a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) is rather small.
For the following years here are the number of FPN issued, and fines collected:
- 2009/2010: 55 FPN issued – 50 fines collected totalling £2,500
- 2010/2011: 94 FPN issued – 86 fines collected totalling £4,330
- 1/4/20011 – 31/3/2012: 24 FPN issued – no data on fines collected, or the amount as yet available
- 1/4/2012 – 25/11/2-12: 29 FPN issued – no data on fines collected, or the amount as yet available
So, in a three-year period, 202 FPN have been issued for people not picking up their dogs mess. However, the problem is you have to catch people to be able to issue a FPN. The public could help with this; as if they witness someone not picking up after their dog, they could act as a witness for the local authority (contact me if you want more details on how this works).
Cornwall Council will also be (re)launching a campaign in the next few weeks to ask for help from its citizen in trying to address the problem of dog owners who do fail to clean up after their dogs. It may help address this unsightly and dangerous problem.
The full report is HERE