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Plea to clear up after your dogs

Stamford town councillors Maureen Jalili and Tony Story with one of the signs the council has put up warning people to clear up after their dogs.

Stamford town councillors Maureen Jalili and Tony Story with one of the signs the council has put up warning people to clear up after their dogs.

 

Councillors have urged people to report anyone they see failing to clear up after their dogs in Stamford’s streets and open spaces.

Stamford Town Council has invested in a number of signs warning people of the health risks caused by leaving dog mess lying around.

But councillors are disappointed that their efforts are being ignored and dog owners are still not cleaning up after their pets.

They have now issued a plea for anyone who sees a dog owner refusing to clean up to report them to the council.

Coun Tony Story (Independent) said if people did report problem areas, the council would then be able to pass the details on to South Kesteven District Council’s dog wardens so patrols could be stepped up.

In a newsletter bulletin, the council said the latest call came after a number of complaints were received about dog fouling in Stamford cemetery, off Little Casterton Road.

Some people had complained of fouling on the graves themselves.

The newsletter said: “Imagine the distress this causes to relatives and then imagine how you would feel if it was your relative’s grave that had been defecated on.

“Educating dog owners does not only stop at the cemetery. Stamford’s amenity areas - the Meadows, Recreation Ground and allotments - have also fallen foul of the mess dogs leave behind.

“Please be aware that children playing in these areas and pregnant women are at special risk from diseases picked up from uncollected dog excrement.

“The majority of dog owners do the right thing and clear up after their dogs.

“Dogs are wonderful companions, so don’t blame the dog, blame the minority of owners who leave the mess behind.”

The council pointed out the police community support officers now have the power to issue on the spot fines for dog fouling.

 

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