Published: June 13, 2008
Dog fouling offender fined in Highbridge's Apex Leisure Park

Dog wardens are stamping down on pet owners who let their animals foul community spaces in the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area, with one being fined £190 this week.

Sedgemoor District Council said on Thursday (June 12th) it had successfully prosecuted a walker at Apex Wildlife Park for failing to pick up after their pet.

The pet owner has been given a £120 fine with £55 costs and a victim surcharge of £15.

Cllr Stuart Kingham, Portfolio Holder for Environmental, told "Every dog owner has a responsibility to pick up after their dog. It's such a shame that a small number of owners put dogs in a bad light, as there are millions of responsible owners and well-behaved dogs in Sedgemoor and we thank them for picking up their dogs' mess."

"The sight of dog's mess in Sedgemoor's parks, beaches and open spaces is offensive to many residents and visitors who look forward to leisurely walks in the park or on the beach and relaxing in 'the great outdoors'. That is why the Council takes fouling very seriously and will prosecute when there is sufficient evidence."

Sedgemoor District Council provides over 130 dog bins across the area and employs two dog wardens who travel the district, giving advice to schools, dog clubs and residents.


Apex Leisure Park
Dog fouling and the law - Home Office guide to the public [External link]


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