Clampdown on nuisance dog owners
NUISANCE dogs disturbing neighbours could land their owners in trouble.
East Riding Council is launching a crackdown on irresponsible pet owners.
It will involve a tighter approach to dog fouling, stray pets and dogs that bark incessantly.
East Riding environmental control manager David Howliston said: "Dogs that are left alone can cause noise nuisance. We get 400 complaints a year about that."
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Fixed penalty notices can be issued, just as they can for dog fouling. But the council's aim is more about changing people's habits.
The council will publish information about how to report a stray dog or locate a lost dog, on dog control orders, on how to reduce instances of dogs barking and on how people can blow the whistle on irresponsible dog owners.
Councillor Jackie Cracknell, cabinet portfolio holder for community partnerships, said: "Dog fouling and irresponsible dog ownership are unacceptable and the council is firmly on the side of residents who are angered at those dog owners who do not clean up after their animals, cause nuisance through noise or breach the dog control orders.
"If you witness dog fouling, breaches of dog control orders or a noisy dog, and can provide the council with sufficient information, call us and we will take action."
Last year, East Riding Council issued three £75 fixed penalty notices for dog fouling and six for allowing a dog on to excluded land.
To report problems with a dog, visit www.eastriding. gov.uk/environment or call 01482 396301.