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Brighton owners not cleaning up after their dogs?

Wednesday, 2nd November 2011

Although responsible owners clean up after their pets when taking it out on its dog collar and lead, a number of people in Brighton do not pick up their dog's mess.

According to Brighton and Hove City Council, there have been 300 complaints of dog fouling over 2010 and 2011, but only four fines issued, reports The Argus.

Nick Head, owner of the Ambassador Hotel in New Steine, told the news provider: "When the weather is nice all this mess prevents people coming with their children because who would let their children play around dog mess?

"And these people can be quite aggressive when challenged, it makes me nervous even trying to speak to them."

The council explained that it has been awarded a grant to launch a new scheme to promote responsible dog ownership in the city.

The Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act was passed in 1996 and means it is a criminal offence not to clear up after a dog.