There could be more dog fouling protection orders put in place in West Lindsey

A council crackdown onirresponsible dog owners in West Lindsey could berolled out across the whole district.

Make sure you pick up after your dog while out walking
Make sure you pick up after your dog while out walking

A public space protection order was introduced by the district council in 2017 under the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act2014.

It allows the council to issue fixed penalty notices for £100 or prosecution to any dog owners who do not pick up after their dogs and dispose of it appropriately.

Non-payment of a Fixed Penalty Notice can lead to prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000.

West Lindsey District Council currently has three PSPOs in effect and the council is consulting on the extension and variation of the Dog Fouling Public Space Protection Order (PSPO).

And it is proposing to be able to issue penalties to dog owners who do not carry with them the right means to pick up dog fouling, for example, dog poo bags.

Coun Jessie Milne, chair of the regulatory committee, said: “The council understands that the majority of dog owners act responsibly and pick up after their dogs.

“However we do recognise that dog fouling is an issue across the district and we are keen to ensure that we have powers in place to deal with it when it occurs.

“We are also seeking to extend these powers and ask dog owners to ensure that they carry with them dog bag, or similar to demonstrate that when their dog fouls they can pick it up.

“We want to hear residents’ views on these issues and welcome responses to the consultation that we have commenced.”

The consultation opened on March 16, and residents have until 9am on April 27 to take part.

The council’s regulatory committee is due to make a decision on the outcomes of the matter in June.

More details on this and a list of frequently asked questions can be found on the council’s website at www.west-lindsey.gov.uk/dogfoulingpspo.

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