Call for ‘zero tolerance’ for dog fouling

A CALL has been made for people in Boston to adopt a zero tolerance approach to others who allow their dogs to foul in public open spaces.

Labour councillors on Boston Borough Council have urged residents to make a report to the authority whenever they spy an incident of dog fouling, in a bid to encourage a clamp down on the issue.

Coun Paul Kenny, leader of the Labour group, said he thought this was the only way to tackle the problem.

He added: “More and more people keep contacting us complaining how much dog mess there is around the town and especially in the wards which we represent.

“Dog fouling is a potential health issue, especially on our open spaces where our children play.”

The law states that anybody in charge of a dog who is caught letting it foul and not disposing of it correctly will be given a fixed penalty notice.

However, a council spokesman said it was not always easy to catch people in the act, or to identify the owners of the dog, which is why it is important for people to report it to the authority if they know who the perpetrators are.

Coun Stephen Woodliffe, portfolio holder for environmental health, said: “A few irresponsible dog owners are failing in their civic duty to protect Boston’s reputation, by refusing to clear up faeces after their pets defecate in public places.”

To report instances of dog poo visit www.boston.gov.uk and fill in the online form or contact the council on 01205 314200.