Dog fouling ‘will not be tolerated’

Dog warden Russ Akehurst with the 'clean it up' stencil
Dog warden Russ Akehurst with the 'clean it up' stencil

DOG owners in Adur have been sent a clear message that fouling will not be tolerated.

Adur District Council says people will be prosecuted when possible, with one man facing a £400 after a recent court case.

Andy Edwards, head of environment, said: “Both Adur and Worthing councils receive daily calls reporting dog mess being left by irresponsible owners.

“Ninety-nine per cent of pet owners do what is right and pick up after their pets, but the small minority who don’t can have a huge impact on communities.

“Public areas are just that – places for everyone to enjoy, and they should be able to do so in a clean and hygienic environment.

“With three dog wardens covering the whole of Adur and Worthing, cleaning up after people who should know better is not something they have time for – nor should they need to do it in the first place.

“While we cannot promise to catch everyone who doesn’t clean up after their pets, where we can take action, we will.”

James Kennedy, of Graham Road, Worthing, was convicted for failing to clear up after his dog in Liverpool Gardens, Worthing.

He was fined £400 in his absence at Worthing Magistrates’ Court on Friday, April 24, and ordered to pay council costs of £244 and £40 victim surcharge.