Potters Bar dog owners to be fined if they allow their pets to foul in public

DOG owners in Potters Bar will soon be slapped with an on-the-spot fine if they allow their pets to foul in public places.

From August 1, those who fail to clean up after their pooches when they answer the call of nature will be liable to receive a �75 fixed penalty notice.

Fines will also be handed out to people who allow their mutts to run riot in parks and children’s play areas.

The new policy, announced this week by Hertsmere Borough Council, follows the roll out of littering fines in February.

Cllr Jean Heywood, environment portfolio holder, said: “We asked residents what they thought about issuing fixed penalty notices for certain offences and dog fouling certainly got support.

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“We hope that the thought of getting a �75 fine will encourage people to take responsibility for their pets and clean up after them to enhance the environment overall.”

She added: “As a nation of animal lovers we do want our residents to be out and about in the borough enjoying our parks and open spaces.

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“However, we also want other visitors to enjoy the spaces without treading in dog mess, or being worried by an unruly pet, so we hope this course of action will be of benefit to everyone.”

The fines will be handed out by Pcsos and authorised council officers.

If paid within 10 days, the penalty will be reduced to �50.

For more information call 020 8207 2277.

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