Plain clothes council officials to catch out irresponsible dog owners

PUBLISHED: 12:11 09 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:44 15 June 2010

AXMINSTER residents are angry dog owners are flouting the law because they are being left to clean up the mess.

AXMINSTER residents are angry dog owners are flouting the law - because they are being left to clean up the mess.Dog mess was littered on Millwey Rise football pitch when children went to play on Saturday. The issue has been a long-running cause of contention.Resident Ian Hall said: "Yet again there's dog's mess in the children's play area, which is fenced off and has a dog ban in place. I despair that, even after publicity, the children's area has been fouled."*Dog fouling has also worsened in Seaton, particularly around Seaton Primary School, Harepath Road, Seafield Gardens and along Axmouth Harbour.The council enforcement officer is stepping up the use of plain clothes patrols in the area. Community police officers will be issuing fixed penalty notices to anyone they have reason to believe commits an offence under Section three of the Dog (Fouling of Land) Act 1996.Anyone who witnesses dog fouling can report the offence to EDDC on (01395) 517 457. The offender can be prosecuted, which could lead to a fine of up to £1,000. Alternatively, they may be offered a fixed penalty, which is currently £50, but increases to £80 for a second offence.

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