The council is inviting dog lovers to a special event in east Leeds to help them become more responsible owners.
The community event, in Harehills Park, has been organised as people living in the area and using the park are fed up of people persistently failing to pick up after their pets.
The council’s dog wardens have already been patrolling the area, chatting to people about what makes a good dog owner.
In a fresh bid to help people understand the range of things they should be doing to be a law abiding, responsible dog owner, the council is hosting the event on Thursday 17 May with East North East Homes Leeds and the Dogs Trust.
Between 11am and 3pm, staff will be on hand to explain the rules of the council’s dog control orders which came into effect earlier this year and the consequences of not picking up dog muck. Anyone caught failing to pick up dog mess will be issued an on-the-spot £75 fine. Failure to pay the fine could result in an appearance in court.
Dog owners are encouraged to bring along their canine companions, as the Dogs Trust will be offering free micro-chipping on the day and vouchers so that dogs can be neutered for free.
Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for environmental services said:
“Responsible dog ownership isn’t just about cleaning up after your pet. It’s about how you care for, exercise, control and feed your dog as well as making sure they are neutered and micro-chipped. I hope people take the opportunity to join staff at the event and take advantage of their advice and expertise.
“We want to make sure that dog dirt doesn’t continue to blight our parks and streets, but people who deliberately ignore the rules and their responsibilities have had fair warning. They’ll have to face the consequences when caught.”
When people pop down to the park they’ll also see new signs reminding them of the unfortunate and potentially dangerous consequences of dog fouling. The hard-hitting signs have already been successfully used in Chapel Allerton. The new signs which will be placed at entrances to Harehills Park have been funded by the Inner East Area Committee.
If you know of someone who persistently fails to pick up after their pet, you can report them on 0113 222 4406 or email email@example.com.
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Amanda Burns, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1577