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North Devon Council urges public to report dog mess offenders

Residents in north Devon are being asked to report "irresponsible" dog owners who do not clean up after their pets to the local authority.

North Devon Council is asking residents to give them descriptions, names and addresses of offenders.

The authority hopes the campaign will reduce dog fouling in parks, beaches and on pavements in north Devon.

Owners who are caught face a £75 fine and can be taken to court if it is not paid, the council said.

Councillor Rodney Cann, executive member for the environment, said: "While the majority of owners are responsible and pick up after their pets, an inconsiderate few are still failing to clean up their act.

"Quite simply, allowing dogs to foul in our public spaces is unacceptable and can be a health hazard.

"If anyone has any information about irresponsible owners, we want to know about it so we can hold them accountable," he added.

A council spokesperson said: "We have a dog warden service, but it is impractical for them to permanently watch hot-spot areas in the hope of witnessing irresponsible owners."

Dog owners who are caught face a fine of £75, which is reduced to £65 if they pay within 14 days.

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