Corby Council hands out most dog fouling fines

Dog mess bin
Dog mess bin

Corby Council is the authority which has handed out the most fines for dog fouling in the north of the county, latest figures show.

Numbers obtained by the Telegraph following a Freedom of Information request show that from 2009 to May 2012, residents complained to the council about dog fouling 273 times, with the authority handing out 97 on-the-spot fines.

Corby Council’s lead member for environment, Cllr Peter McEwan, said: “We are dedicated to ensuring that our streets and green areas are kept clean and tidy for everyone to enjoy and dog fouling is not something that we accept.

“We have been working with the community, our Neighbourhood Wardens, PCSOs and others to help reduce dog fouling in general.

“We have also installed extra dog fouling bins throughout the borough and have put in place certain operations and campaigns to highlight the issue and any hotspot areas, which have always been a great success.”

Corby’s figures compare favourably to other authorities.

Despite receiving 628 complaints about dog fouling in the past three-and-a-half years, East Northamptonshire Council only handed out four fines to pet owners in that time – with the last coming in 2009.

Cllr Glenn Harwood, lead member for East Northamptonshire’s enviro-crime strategy, said: “We have a limited number of personnel who can give out dog fines.

“We obviously cannot be in all places at all times, so whether our dog wardens catch someone is down to lady luck.

“If they did see someone not cleaning up after their pet, they would not hesitate to fine.

“The figures could be so low because we have ramped up our patrols and less people are letting their dogs do it.”

Fines of £75 can be handed out by council officials.

Kettering Council received 691 dog mess complaints from 2009 to May 2012, but only handed out 33 fixed penalties.

Kettering councillor Michael Brown, who fronted an anti-dog fouling campaign in his All Saints ward, said: “The figures aren’t very good. I would like to see more people fined.”

Dog walker Andy Phillips, 48, of Park Road, Kettering, said: “This shows the council should be doing much more. They need to have the warden in high visibility patrolling the area.”

Residents of Wellingborough complained 203 times, with 81 fines handed out.