The Northumberland County Council Animal welfare team deal with persistent dog fouling issues.
Check down this page to see how our community working together can help reduce this problem.
We are introducing a dog exercise area in Eastwoods Park !!
This is work in progress- updates will be provided.
Ample free parking, and even free dog bags are available if residents are signed up to the green dog walkers scheme.
General local Updates
October 2018 update
The number of residents who have signed up to the green dog walkers scheme in Northumberland – 1544 and 53 of those are in Prudhoe.
In the summer of 2018 a high profile event in Prudhoe helped raise the figures and reduce the issue.
In 2017/18 a total of 85 fixed penalty fines were issued in Northumberland for dog
fouling. Benchmarking has shown that this was the highest number issued by any
of the seven North East Councils last year
In Prudhoe –
There were 40 dog fouling complaints in 2017 and 29 so far in 2018 (up to end of August) One fixed penalty notice has been issued in the last 12 months and one in the 12 months before that.
Enforcement officers meet our County Cllrs on a regular basis and patrol overtly & covertly in Prudhoe, but intelligence / information would make it easier to direct them effectively. Please see the quick and easy to complete reporting system below.
More proactive & preventative patrols are now being carried out.
The number of reports received in Prudhoe are very small compared with other towns of a similar size, the majority of reports are received in the South east area and some coastal areas.
Around the County
The NCC enforcement officers operate mainly on a intelligence led response basis, so if residents and others can help with times / dates / desc etc that would greatly assist.
High profile and other patrols are made incl Councillors and NCC Animal welfare officers.
Signage is just one part of the way we can deal with the issue.
Find out the facts about dog fouling – See the below leaflet provided by the Keep Britain Tidy Group.
Other facts –
The vast majority of dog owners are responsible people who are concerned by the actions of the few who fail to clear up after their animal.
Dogs are not behaving irresponsibly, only those in control of them are by leaving the mess.
Most areas in the County (and elsewhere in the Country) suffer the same problem.
The Animal welfare team do a great job helping to educate, remind, warn or even enforce the law if required, but they can only operate effectively if information is provided which will help them carry out their job.
To this end it would be beneficial if as much information as possible is provided for them to help tackle the problem e.g exact location, time / day of repeat offending, name and or description of offender/ dog.
So please help them to help us all.
(Reports have been received about dog mess near Schools and in play areas.)
Check out the NCC Green dog walkers Scheme Click here
Update on the green green dog walkers Scheme – August 2018 – Click here
What bins can be used ?
Dog bags can be left in any bin, not just those designated for that purpose, and no one can answer the question why people pick up the mess in a bag and leave it on the ground or occasionally in trees.
Prudhoe has more bins provided than in other towns the size of it.
How to report persistent offending.
Online – Click here (This is quick & easy and free)
By Post –
Animal Welfare Team. (Dog Control)
Northumberland County Council
Telephone 01661 520005
Gordon joined up with the team on a high profile patrol.
(High Profile patrols act as a reminder).
(Above – Gordon reinforcing warnings by placing additional signs)
‘Free’ dog bags are available from The Spetchells Centre, why not carry extra bags to give to other dog walkers who you may see out & about and have ‘just run out’.
(Signage is another way to remind people of their responsibilities).
Concerns about Animal welfare – Click here (NCC Reporting)
RSPCA – Click here
The Dogs Trust – Click here
RSPB – Click here
Keep Britain Tidy – Click here
HM Government – Click here
NCC Public space protection order – Click here
Micro chipping of dogs –
It is compulsory for all dogs over the age of 8 weeks in England to be fitted with microchips (from 6 April 2016). – Click here
Working with the whole community to bring about change
(The Animal welfare officers attend the Community walkabout events – Introduced by us in Prudhoe in 2016 )
Tell us your views on a variety of subjects – Click here
You can contact us – Click here
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