The importance of cleaning up after your dog has been driven home by a spike in penalties for fouling offences in Devon.
Three dog owners in North Devon were slapped with fines last week, following on from four other penalties issued this summer. Offenders face a £75 fine if they allow their dog to do its business in a public space and fail to clean up the mess afterwards.
"These latest cases show we will not tolerate owners who walk away from their dogs’ mess," Councillor Rodney Cann, North Devon Council’s executive member for environment, said.
"It’s simply not acceptable that a few people give other pet owners a bad name."
He encouraged the public to report anyone seen not cleaning up after their canine.
The spate of incidents highlights the simple solutions owners can take to avoid fines and keep their surroundings hygienic, with options such as clean up kits making the job easy to accomplish.
In related news, figures recently revealed Edinburgh is the city which experiences the most dog mess complaints in Scotland, with the city council receiving 5761 reports from residents over the past five years and serving 1,008 fines.