Monday, 14 March 2011

Fouling dogs and litter louts tackled in Garforth crackdown

Litter louts and rogue dog owners who allow their pets to foul in public without clearing it up will be targeted in an environmental action week this week in Garforth.

Anyone caught committing either offence will receive a fixed penalty notice or possibly be prosecuted as environmental action officers from Leeds City Council are out and about in the town during the week.

They are cracking down on fouling and littering after Garforth residents flagged the two issues up as those they were most keen to see actively tackled.

Free micro chipping for dogs will also be offered tomorrow (Tue) as part of a drive to also encourage responsible dog ownership.

Councillor Tom Murray, executive member for environmental services, Leeds City Council, said:
“These are the two environmental problems which cause the most concern for people in Garforth- they have been flagged up to us frequently at residents’ forums and community meetings.

“It is not acceptable to allow your dog to foul without clearing it up, nor should anyone be throwing litter and our officers are clamping down on anyone caught doing either. However, we’re also keen to help encourage responsible dog ownership and we’re offering the free micro chipping as part of that.”

Enforcement officers are carrying out daily patrols of the main pedestrian areas and nearby parks and anyone caught littering or not clearing up after dogs will receive a fixed penalty notice of £75 or face court prosecution with fines of up to £2,500.

Practical advice on responsible dog ownership and keeping the area litter free is being offered by environmental action officers on Monday and Tuesday at a stall on Garforth Main Street. The free micro chipping will also be available at the stall on Tuesday (March 15) from 10am-2pm.

Any residents who would like to report areas particularly prone to dog fouling or littering issues can speak to officers at the stall. There will also be graffiti removal kits available for anyone who has problems with that.

For media enquiries please contact:
Donna Cox, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 224 3335