Dog fouling is both unpleasant and a danger to health, and Cramlington Town Council is committed to tackling the issue.
While the majority of owners behave responsibly and pick up after their dogs, there remains a minority of dog owners who do not and it is these people who the Council aims to target through its enforcement and awareness initiatives.
If you walk your dog, always carry the means to clear up after your pet – a simple plastic bag will do the trick or buy poop scoops from a local pet shop.
Dispose of the bag correctly in either a dog waste or litter bin, or take it home and place it, suitably wrapped, in your own waste bin. Do not dump the bag in a hedge or elsewhere as this is classed as littering .
We work hard to make sure the bins provided for dog mess are well maintained and emptied regularly.
Following the introduction of the Northumberland County Council (Dog Control) Public Spaces Protection Order order of 2017, throughout Northumberland dogs are not allowed in enclosed children’s play areas at any time of the year. We encourage the public not to place dog fouling into bins within children’s play areas.
We invite residents to join Northumberland County Council’s Green Dog Walkers scheme which promotes best practice for dog owners.
All complaints we receive about dog mess are properly investigated.
Although it is not essential to provide your details when you report dog mess, the action we can take if you don’t is limited.
All information we receive is treated with the strictest confidentiality and simply leaving the following details significantly increase the chances of us resolving your complaint:
• Type and description of dog together with description on offender
• Time, location and frequency of alleged offence your details for feedback
If you’re found to have not cleaned up your dog’s mess, you will be issued with a fixed penalty notice of £100.
If payment is not received within 14 days you will be prosecuted. Offenders face a court appearance, with a maximum penalty of £1,000. Claiming ignorance of the dog’s actions is not a valid defence. Registered blind dog owners are exempt from any fines.
We target hotspot areas identified by the public and carry out early morning, evening and weekend patrols if necessary. We’ve also trained more officers to enforce dog control orders and issue fines.