An Ipswich woman has been issued with a fixed penalty notice after failing to clear up mess left by her dog in Castle Hill recreation ground. The penalty notice is the first to be issued by the Borough Council’s Park Patrol team, who have joined their enforcement officer colleagues in a bid to tackle dog mess.
The dog owner now has 14 days to either appeal against the penalty, pay £50 or face legal action. If the case is prosecuted successfully in court, the maximum fine for this offence is £1,000.
The Council’s message is clear: clear up or pay up! It’s easy to be prepared. Carry a bag or a poop-scoop with you when you take your pooch for a walk. Then, if there isn’t a poo bin or general waste bin handy, you can take it home for disposal. Remember, you can put dog poo in general bins, provided it is bagged.
To use a poo bag effectively – and cleanly – place your hand in the bag, pick up the mess with the bag, turn it inside out, tie it up and put it in the bin.
The nights are drawing in now and no one wants to step into dog mess when they are out for a stroll or going home from work, the shops or school.
The Council believes the community’s help is vital to protect your local environment. If you see someone failing to pick up after their dog please report it online at www.ipswich.gov.uk/report or phone the Cleaner Ipswich Hotline, 01473 433000.