Rushden residents fined for not clearing up dog mess

One dog owner was caught red-handed in Hall Park, Rushden
One dog owner was caught red-handed in Hall Park, Rushden

Two people who didn’t pick up their dog’s mess were caught red-handed and will have to pay a £75 fine each.

One dog walker was spotted by East Northamptonshire Council’s dog warden not picking up after their dog in Manor Park, Rushden, on December 9 and was issued with a £75 fixed penalty notice

The same warden caught another dog walker on January 16 in Rushden Hall Park walking away without clearing up after their dog and also received a fine of £75.

Cllr Steven North, leader of East Northamptonshire Council, said: “Dog mess left anywhere can be a serious health risk.

“The council is determined to clean up East Northamptonshire for both residents and visitors and we will not hesitate to fine anyone not cleaning up after their dog.”

Leader of Rushden Town Council, Cllr Sarah Peacock, said: “We’re delighted with this action.

“Our decision to employ the environmental service officer through ENC for two days a week reflects our commitment to addressing residents’ concerns about dog fouling.

“We’re looking to resolve this problem throughout the town and in our parks, particularly as we’re working towards Green Flag status in Hall Park.

“Any resident who wishes to report a dog fouling problem in Rushden can contact the town council and, where necessary, action will be taken.”

To report dog fouling, visit www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/dogs or call 01832 742000.