Zero tolerance for dog fouling

A NEW zero-tolerance policy for offending dog owners has come into force this month across Mid Sussex.

Following a long period of education and warnings, the council started enforcing Dog Control Orders from yesterday, February 1.

If a dog owner is spotted breaking the law, a Fixed Penalty Notice to the value of £75 will be issued. If the notice is paid within 10 days, the fine will be reduced to £50.

“I am delighted that we now have zero-tolerance on this matter,” said Cllr and Cabinet member Gary Marsh.

“Nobody should have to put up with the mess left from offending dog owners’ actions and with the help from our residents we can put a stop to it.

“The majority of dog owners in Mid Sussex are responsible and clear up after their pets. However, there are some people who do not have their dogs under control and who let their dogs foul in public places. Dog Control Orders will help to make the district’s parks, open spaces and footpaths cleaner and safer for all,” said Vanessa Head, Central Area Ranger at Mid Sussex District Council.

Signs are displayed on sites to inform dog owners of the new Orders and details of the Orders can also be found at www.midsussex.gov.uk/dogfouling.