Dog mess crackdown only possible with joint dog warden, say Westbury and Warminster councillors

Last year Wiltshire Council only issued two fixed penalty notices for dog fouling, says Cllr Russell Hawker

Last year Wiltshire Council only issued two fixed penalty notices for dog fouling, says Cllr Russell Hawker

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Westbury and Warminster town councils are looking at setting up a joint dog warden service to crack down on owners who fail to clean up after their pets.

Cllr Paul Macdonald, of Warminster, and Cllr Russell Hawker, of Westbury, have said the councils should pool resources and look at a range of other measures to combat the problem.

Cllr Macdonald said: “Dog owners generally clean up after their dog. It is the irresponsible few that we are out to catch.”

“There are many associated health concerns and I’ve had a number of calls from people in my ward.

"One mother was very upset because her toddler had walked in it on open ground near Bradley Road.”

He also said that some residents were spraying the faeces in bright colours to highlight the menace.

Wiltshire Council only has three dog wardens, which Cllr Hawker believes is inadequate.

He said: “Most of their time is taken up dealing with stray, lost, dangerous and noisy dogs and the issue of dog mess is barely dealt with at all.”

Last year Wiltshire Council only issued two fixed penalty notices for dog fouling.

Cllr Hawker said: “We have a problem all over Westbury but most of the complaints come from the public area near the White Horse.”

“There are a number of health concerns associated with dog faeces including toxocariasis.

“This is caused by a roundworm parasite. It spreads from animals to humans in infected faeces and can lead to blindness or even death."

The proposal to explore the issue with Westbury was approved by Warminster Town Council on Monday and will be considered by Westbury Town Council on July 7.

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11:34pm Fri 27 Jun 14

carer 123 says...

About time something was done about irresponsible dog owners. I used to live in the crescent in westbury and most days would have dogs mess in a purple bag shoved in my hedge just far enough not to see until you went through it with the hedge cutter. Its disgusting what people do with it instead of binning it
About time something was done about irresponsible dog owners. I used to live in the crescent in westbury and most days would have dogs mess in a purple bag shoved in my hedge just far enough not to see until you went through it with the hedge cutter. Its disgusting what people do with it instead of binning it carer 123
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8:08pm Sat 28 Jun 14

beetawix says...

if according to the sign it is an offence not to clean up after your dog then what, is the purpose of the polite request to do so commencing with the word ....Please.....
if according to the sign it is an offence not to clean up after your dog then what, is the purpose of the polite request to do so commencing with the word ....Please..... beetawix
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1:19pm Sun 29 Jun 14

Mrs Donnyfly says...

The simple solution to this problem would be to make dog ownership illegal. Unless you're a shepherd, or you're blind, what's the point in having one?
The simple solution to this problem would be to make dog ownership illegal. Unless you're a shepherd, or you're blind, what's the point in having one? Mrs Donnyfly
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