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Council asks public for dog mess hotspots ahead of summer crack-down

 Published on: 15th July 2015   |   By: The Newsdesk   |   Category:

Watford Borough Council is asking the public to nominate dog mess hotspots so its environmental crime officers can hone in on them during a fouling crackdown this summer. The initiative is being launched today ahead of a Dogs Trust Day in Cassiobury Park by the paddling pools from 11am to 3pm on Saturday July 18. The Dogs Trust will offer free dog training, obedience tips and microchipping at the event, which aims to encourage responsible dog ownership. The council is launching the initiative specifically in response to concerns residents have raised with its officers. Elected Mayor of Watford Dorothy Thornhill said: “Most dog owners are great, and dog fouling is not a huge problem in our town at all. However, this hot and sunny time of the year is when you would least want to see dog mess. Watford is home to some of the best parks, streets and open spaces in Hertfordshire, and we want to maintain their outstanding reputation.” The council is asking the public to email envhealth@watford.gov.uk or ring 01923 278503 to report problem areas where they think a fouling crack-down should take place. The council will also be asking people to nominate where the clean-up and enforcement blitz should be targeted on its Love Watford Facebook and @WatfordCouncil Twitter pages. Councillor Peter Taylor, portfolio holder for community and customer services, said: “Dog fouling is unpleasant – it affects us all, is anti-social, unhygienic and can even cause disease. I know that the vast majority of dog owners do the right thing and clear up after their pets. However, it only takes one irresponsible dog owner to have a noticeable impact on one of our streets or parks. ”We will pursue people who do not clean up their dog’s mess. If we hear about dog fouling happening in the same place at the same time, or if you know where an offender lives, the council will take action.”

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