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Wardens get night vision goggles to stop dogs fouling

Thursday, 2nd February 2012

Council wardens in Lancashire have been provided with night vision goggles in an attempt to tackle the problem of dogs fouling on public land.

Hyndburn Council has handed out this equipment to help wardens catch people who walk their dogs at night and do not clean up after them, reports the Daily Mail.

Fran Gibbons, who has been a dog warden for ten years, told the news provider: 'Dog fouling is a serious problem and that is why we are taking such serious measures.

It's massively unhygienic as well as dangerous and there is no excuse for not cleaning up after your dog.'

She added that if dog mess gets into a  person's eyes, it can cause blindness.

Councillor Ken Moss said that most dog walkers regularly offend in the same spot, so the wardens can use this information to catch the minority of owners who are irresponsible.

At present, Hyndburn Council fines people £75 for not cleaning up their dogs mess and second time offenders can face fines of up to £1,000.