Dog fouling fines now in place in Hertsmere

DOG owners who allow their pets to foul in public places in Potters Bar can now be slapped with a �75 fine.

The reminder was issued by Hertsmere Borough Council, following the introduction of the on-the-spot fouling penalty on August 1.

Those who fail to keep their pooches under control in children’s play areas will also be fined if caught by an authorised council officer or Pcso.

The council has brought in the levy to help improve the environment and encourage people to take pride in the borough.

The move follows the introduction of fines for dropping litter, such as chewing gum and cigarette butts, earlier this year.

Cllr Jean Heywood, environment portfolio holder, said: “I’m sure the majority of dog walkers pick up after their pets but there are a few who don’t, so we hope the fines will encourage everyone to be responsible.

“We also want owners to keep unruly pets under control but this does not mean all dogs have to be kept on a lead.

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“We just want our parks, pavements and play areas to be clean and safe for the benefit of everyone using them.”

Fines must be paid within 14 days, but will be reduced to �50 if settled within 10 days.

For more information, call the council on 020 8207 7435.

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