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Dog trainer's lead on mess

PUBLISHED: 17:14 25 April 2008 | UPDATED: 20:14 05 July 2010

WHAT goes in must come out and, when it does, bag it and bin it!

That was the message this week from a Kessingland dog breeder and trainer when he launched a campaign against dog owners who don't clear up after their pets.

WHAT goes in must come out and, when it does, bag it and bin it!

That was the message this week from a Kessingland dog breeder and trainer when he launched a campaign against dog owners who don't clear up after their pets.

Dave Bareham has been in the canine business for more than 10 years, including playing a part in BBC Three's Dog Borstal programme, but is getting sick and tired of careless dog owners who don't deal with their four-legged friend's waste.

“My ambition is to tidy up Lowestoft from dog mess.

“I want the campaign to take in the whole of the town, and get the message across that what goes in must come out, and when it does to pick it up, bag it and put it in the bin,” he said.

On Wednesday, he launched his campaign from the North Denes, where he says there is a particular problem with dog owners not clearing up after their animals.

“At the moment people seem to be just chucking their bags into an old shower block.

“There is loads of rubbish as well and it can become an environmental problem,” he said.

To combat the issue he is calling on Waveney District Council to install brightly coloured bins and commit to regularly cleaning them out.

A spokesman for Waveney said: “There are a number of litter bins in the area in which dog mess can be deposited.

“We are coming in to cleansing's summer schedule and they will be emptied every day during this time.

“There is clear signage informing people to keep their dogs under close control and clear up fouling. People generally have to walk to a bin to deposit a dog bag and responsible dog owners do this.”

The area is patrolled by environment support officers and those failing to clean up after their dog can receive an £80 fixed penalty notice or a £1,000 fine and a criminal conviction if prosecuted and found guilty. The dropping of a dog bag is also a littering offence.

The spokesman added: “Officers are working hard to make people understand why it is important to clear up after their dog and they have made a successful application to the Waveney Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership for £3,500 of funding for a portable CCTV kit that will be deployed in combating dog fouling and other environmental crimes.

“In addition, police community support officers have been given the power to issue fixed penalty notices for environmental crimes such as dog fouling.”

Let us know of the dog fouling troublespots. Write to Clear Up The Mess, The Journal, 147 London Road North, Lowestoft, NR32 1NB, or email richard.wood@archant.co.uk

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