Scoop the poop or face a fine, council warns

Alyson Clifton

Alyson Clifton

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A COUNCIL is sending out officers on undercover missions to catch pet owners who fail to pick up mess after their dogs.

Cherwell District Council officers will target dog owners during early morning and evening walks in areas considered hotspots.

Anyone who does not clear up after their animal will be issued with a £50 fixed penalty notice.

It comes weeks after mum-of-three Alyson Clifton highlighted dog fouling problems at Bicester’s Bure Park estate.

She started circling dog mess in bright coloured chalk and leaving messages for dog owners after having to side-step 17 separate pieces of poo on a school run.

Since the start of April the council said its staff had issued two £50 fines, the first in a car park at Manston Close, Bicester, and the other in Milcombe, Banbury.

Cherwell’s environmental enforcement manager Mark Harmon said: “The majority of dog owners in Cherwell religiously pick up after their pets but there are those who will try and get away with it if they think nobody is watching.

“Our message is that we are watching and patrolling at all hours of the day, not just from 9am – 5pm.

“While some of our patrols will involve high vis clothing to make ourselves noticeable, others will be much more discreet in a bid to catch offenders in the act.

“So our advice is to always pick up after your pooch as you never know just who is watching – or when.”

To report incidents, go to cherwell.gov.uk/dogfouling or call 01295 227007.

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6:22pm Wed 23 Apr 14

John Lamb says...

One of the main offenders for letting their dog's poop along the pathway leading to the cemetery in Yarnton is a contributor to the Yarnton Newsletter. I could not believe my eyes when he let his Labrador defecate and carry on walking. He stopped to chat with a woman from Pixie Close who had just hung a green bag of poop on the wire fence.
It was a surpassingly unChristian thing to do and very disrespectful to all those who use this path and to the poor man who has to clean it up.
It seems sad that even the threat of CCTV cameras hasn't deterred to lazy and the ignorant dog owners who ruin all our reputations in the area.
I for one would support the actual use of hidden cameras to shame these irresponsible pet owners.
One of the main offenders for letting their dog's poop along the pathway leading to the cemetery in Yarnton is a contributor to the Yarnton Newsletter. I could not believe my eyes when he let his Labrador defecate and carry on walking. He stopped to chat with a woman from Pixie Close who had just hung a green bag of poop on the wire fence. It was a surpassingly unChristian thing to do and very disrespectful to all those who use this path and to the poor man who has to clean it up. It seems sad that even the threat of CCTV cameras hasn't deterred to lazy and the ignorant dog owners who ruin all our reputations in the area. I for one would support the actual use of hidden cameras to shame these irresponsible pet owners. John Lamb
  • Score: 10

6:54pm Wed 23 Apr 14

thamestrains says...

Being a dog owner i agree 100% withe issuing of fines to these dog owners who do not clean up after their pets,but what also annoys me it the amount of ordinary waste and rubbish left in public parks,noticeably Lady Diana park in Banbury by the skateboard area when there are 3 waste bins close by and obviously not being used. I sometimes think pet owners are easy targets but people who discard rubbish in public areas should also be targeted and fined as much as pet owners .
Being a dog owner i agree 100% withe issuing of fines to these dog owners who do not clean up after their pets,but what also annoys me it the amount of ordinary waste and rubbish left in public parks,noticeably Lady Diana park in Banbury by the skateboard area when there are 3 waste bins close by and obviously not being used. I sometimes think pet owners are easy targets but people who discard rubbish in public areas should also be targeted and fined as much as pet owners . thamestrains
  • Score: 12

7:57pm Wed 23 Apr 14

the wizard says...

Shame cat owners are not also responsible for the vast amounts that get deposited daily in everybodies garden borders.
Shame cat owners are not also responsible for the vast amounts that get deposited daily in everybodies garden borders. the wizard
  • Score: 6

8:42pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe says...

the wizard wrote:
Shame cat owners are not also responsible for the vast amounts that get deposited daily in everybodies garden borders.
Or Thames Valley Police with their horses which seem to be allowed to crap where they want and it be left.
[quote][p][bold]the wizard[/bold] wrote: Shame cat owners are not also responsible for the vast amounts that get deposited daily in everybodies garden borders.[/p][/quote]Or Thames Valley Police with their horses which seem to be allowed to crap where they want and it be left. Sandy Wimpole-Smythe
  • Score: -1

11:36pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Milkbutnosugarplease says...

The owners should face a fine of £1000 or eat the poo.
The owners should face a fine of £1000 or eat the poo. Milkbutnosugarplease
  • Score: -2

8:19am Thu 24 Apr 14

bart-on simpson says...

Good on Cherwell.

Does Oxford City Council have a contact number?
Good on Cherwell. Does Oxford City Council have a contact number? bart-on simpson
  • Score: 3

12:27pm Thu 24 Apr 14

King Joke says...

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe wrote:
the wizard wrote:
Shame cat owners are not also responsible for the vast amounts that get deposited daily in everybodies garden borders.
Or Thames Valley Police with their horses which seem to be allowed to crap where they want and it be left.
Cats bury theirs in borders where they unlikely to be trodden on by children, and horse droppings are much less toxic than those of meat-eating animals. You wouldn't fertilise your rose beds with dog truds would you?!

Yes I do have two dogs, and I recognise that their 'product' is revolting and highly dangerous to leave lying around, which is why I clear it up.
[quote][p][bold]Sandy Wimpole-Smythe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the wizard[/bold] wrote: Shame cat owners are not also responsible for the vast amounts that get deposited daily in everybodies garden borders.[/p][/quote]Or Thames Valley Police with their horses which seem to be allowed to crap where they want and it be left.[/p][/quote]Cats bury theirs in borders where they unlikely to be trodden on by children, and horse droppings are much less toxic than those of meat-eating animals. You wouldn't fertilise your rose beds with dog truds would you?! Yes I do have two dogs, and I recognise that their 'product' is revolting and highly dangerous to leave lying around, which is why I clear it up. King Joke
  • Score: 0

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