Dog owners in Lichfield and Burntwood are being warned to clean up after their pets or face a fine.

Thirteen people have been handed £80 fixed penalty notices by Lichfield District Council in recent months after being caught not scooping after their pooches have finished pooping.

The local authority has also started court proceedings against two people where there were “aggravating circumstances”.

Colin Greatorex

Councillor Colin Greatorex, Cabinet Member for Health & Housing, said those who didn’t heed the warning would be hit in the pocket.

“We know local people don’t want to see dogs’ mess on our streets and we work to educate dog owners on their responsibilities,” he said.

“However, there are still a number that refuse to clean up after their pets. This is why our Environmental Health officers patrol hot spot areas to make sure local dog walkers are disposing of their dogs’ waste properly.

“We will continue to take a hard line on littering and dog fouling culprits, and hope it will encourage people to take more pride in their community and always clean up after their dogs.”

To report a dog fouling hot spot in Lichfield District, go online or contact the Environmental Health Team on 01543 308725.

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