Dog owners in Wolverhampton are being urged to help keep city parks and pavements clean by cleaning up after their canines.

Wolverhampton City Council's Public Protection team is launching a campaign today (Tuesday 14 May) to educate people of the effect dog fouling in public places can have.

They are also highlighting the fact that offenders could be hit in the pocket for failing to scoop their dog's poop with fixed penalty notices for £50 or prosecution in court which can result in a maximum fine of £1,000 if found guilty.

Posters have gone up at various locations in the city while officers will also be visiting primary schools during the campaign, which lasts until Friday 24 May.

In the last financial year, officers received 315 complaints about dog fouling across the city.

Many dog owners responsibly clear up after their pets, but there are still owners out there who are prepared to leave the mess littered on streets and parks and open spaces.

Councillor John Reynolds, Wolverhampton City Council's Cabinet Member for City Services, said: "Failing to clean up after dogs is completely irresponsible and inconsiderate and a concern for residents and visitors to our city.

"Not only is it unsightly and disgusting, it is also a health hazard and we want to send out a clear message that it will not be tolerated and anyone caught will face enforcement action.

"But our primary aim is to educate people and discourage them from offending in the first place.

"Dog owners can pick up their pet's mess and discard of it responsibly in any public bins and do their bit to keep Wolverhampton clean and tidy."

Anyone wishing to get more advice or report incidents of dog fouling can contact Wolverhampton City Council's Public Protection team on 01902 551155.

  • released: Tuesday 14 May, 2013