How Welsh councils are tackling dog fouling

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BBC Wales asked councils in Wales how they dealt with the issue of dog fouling.

The Freedom of Information requests also include questions on complaints and the number of penalties issued.

1,099 dog mess fines in one year

Council Penalties issued to 2011/12 How dog fouling is tackled Complaints

Anglesey

2007/8 - 5

2008/9 - 0

2009/10 - 3

2010/11 - 1

2011/12 - 0

Dog warden patrols to identify offenders

2007/8 - 136

2008/9 - 124

2009-10 - 148

2010/11 - 167

2011/12 - 156

Blaenau Gwent

2007/8 - 3

2008/9 - 1

2009/10 - 8

2010/11 - 10

2011/12 - 1099

Enforcement officers patrol areas of the borough with a high level of dog fouling complaint and areas which have been identified as a priority through the PACT process to witness offences and to serve fixed penalty notices

2007/8 - 0

2008/9 - 0

2009/10 - 187

2010/11 - 315

2011/12 - 540

Bridgend

2007/8 - 5

2008/9 - 7

2009/10 - 3

2010/11 - 4

2011/12 - 2

The offence must be witnessed by an enforcement officer

2007/08 - 191

2008/09 - 163

2009/10 - 304

2010/11 - 243

2011/12 - 317

Caerphilly

2007/8 - 91

2008/09 - 98

2009/10 - 62

2010/11 - 46

2011/12 - 63

High profile campaigns encouraging people to provide information on areas we can target. High visibility zero tolerance patrols, Early morning/evening/weekend patrols. Dog impounding. Information via our Caerphilly newsline /website

2007/8 - 624

2008/9 - 748

2009/10 - 753

2010/11 - 1805

2011/12 - 1287

Cardiff

Nineteen fixed penalty notices have been issued for dog fouling in the last five years.

The local authority responds to complaints received from the public. Signs are placed on lampposts within areas and patrols are undertaken to apprehend offenders. Partnership working within the community has seen a number of proactive "dog" events to raise awareness.

471 since May 2008

Carmarthenshire

2007/08 - 245

2008/09 - 290

2009/10 - 201

2010/11 - 200

2011/12 - 258

Our procedures comprise officers patrolling areas (intelligence led) where dog fouling problems occur. The council also relies on the general public to supply information regarding offenders, etc.

2007/08 - 22

2008/09 - 29

2009/10 - 34

2010/11 - 24

2011/12 - 24

Ceredigion

2007/8 - 1

2008/9 - 5

2009/10 - 4

2010/11 - 3

2011-12 - 3

The environmental control team works in partnership with street scene officers. Street patrols are arranged from time to time depending on resources. Two dozen officers have been authorised to issue fixed penalty notices for non-compliance with dog fouling orders. We also arrange specific campaigns every year.

2011/12 - 48

2010/11 - 41

2009/10 - 32

2008/09 - 27

2007/08 - 21

Conwy

2007/08 - 76

2008/09 - 66

2009/10 - 31

2010/11 - 73

2011/12 - 42

Survey and officer observation

2007/8 - 365

2008/9 - 462

200910 - 511

2010/11 - 571

2011/12 - 667

Denbighshire

2007/08 - 26

2008/09 - 31

2009/10 - 45

2010/11 - 55

2011/12 - 18

Train council officers from all departments to issue Fixed Penalty Notices for Dog Fouling.

Task a dedicated team to engaging with the community to identify offenders.

Proactive and reactive action patrols of identified areas.

The use of public space overt CCTV cameras.

2008/09 - 110 (Only from November 2008)

2009/10 - 251

2010/11 - 255

2011/12 - 325

Flintshire

The council introduced its Fouling of Land by Dogs order in 2009.

Since this date, eight fixed penalty notices have been issued for dog fouling offences.

Enforcement via an intelligence-led approach. Having officers around at the times that offences are likely to occur. Education and enforcement are needed hand in hand in order to change behaviour in the long term. As a result, a media and education programme is under way across the county.

2008 - 183

2009 - 128

2010 - 126

Gwynedd

2007/8 - 116

2008/09 - 0 (new street enforcement team did not become operational until late March 2009)

2009/10 - 62

2010-/1 - 57

2011/12 - 60

Patrols (reactive, routine, plain clothes, out of hours, etc) acting on information supplied by the public. In all the above examples "hotspot" areas are given priority. We also place a great emphasis on changing public behaviour by use of more positive marketing techniques - e.g. dog fouling action days, free poop clean up kits, warning signs, new dog bins, working with the community & schools on local campaigns, etc.

2007/8 - 366

2008/9 - 314

2009/10 - 483*

2010/11 - 540*

2011/12 - 565*

* Call centre complains and inquiries for poop scoops

Merthyr

Forty six fixed penalties over last five years

Via a complaint generated by a member of the public, officers carrying out daily patrols, information received from a third party and observations by officers.

The council has received 668 complaints relating to dog fouling.

Monmouthshire

Twenty eight fixed penalty notices for dog fouling in last five years.

Fixed penalty notice issued if an authorised officer of environmental health witnesses the offence. In the last 12 months or so we have also developed a memorandum of understanding with Gwent Police for their support officers to issue fixed penalty notices if they witness an offence, with the system being administered by environmental health.

2007 - 174 2008 - 176

2009 - 156

2010 - 155

2011 - 182

Neath Port Talbot

251

Visual sightings by authorised officers and visual sightings by members of the public who are prepared to give witness statements

2006/07 -261

2007/08 - 330

2008/09 - 372

2009/10 -345

2010/11 346

Newport

2007/8 - 1

2008/9 - 0

2009/10 - 0

2010/11 - 3

2011/12 - 8

Patrolling and identify.

2007/8 - 10

2008/9 - 10

2009/10 - 14

2010/11 - 31

2011/12 - 21

Pembrokeshire

2007/08 - 4

2008/09 - 8

2009/10 - 6

2010/11 - 3

2011/12 - 3

The council uses targeted patrols, information from the public and community councils to identify individuals who fail to clean up after their dogs. The local police community support officers are also authorised to enforce fouling controls

2007/08 - 331

2008/09 - 321

2009/10 - 276

2010/11 - 288

2011/12 - 263

Powys

2005/6 - 3

2006/7 - 10

2007/8 - 4

2008/9 - 5

2009/10 - 2

2010/11 - 0

2011/12 - 0

The working arrangements for identifying offenders that allowed their dogs to foul were documented in council's dog control procedures, the latest version of which was issued in 2008. However, as of December 2011, the council no longer employs dog wardens and therefore these arrangements are no longer in place.

2006/7 - 276

2007/8 - 253

2008/9 - 316

2009/10 - 332

2010/11 - 289

2011/12 - 157

Rhondda Cynon Taf

2007/08 - 12

2008/09 - 6

2009/10 - 18

2010/11 - 6

2011/12 - 52

We work in partnership with community groups and use intelligence from our customer complaints to identify hot spot areas for dog fouling across the county borough. We install dog fouling bins in these areas and carry out surveillance exercises and issue fixed penalty notices to people who do not pick up up their dog fouling.

2007/08 - 428

2008/09 - 981

2009/10 - 1098

2010/11 - 1317

2011/12 - 604

Swansea

35

The authority specifically targets areas where problems exist and responds to complaints from the public. This can result in a fixed penalty notices being issued to pet owners allowing their animals to foul public places.

2006 - 333

2007 - 575

2008 - 656

2009 - 752

2010 - 800

2011 - 371

Torfaen

Eighty nine from the 1 April 2007 to 15 March 2012

Details of our enforcement procedure for this team can be found on our website. Very occasionally, a person allowing their dog to foul may be identified via their car registration details.

2007/08 - 150

2008/09 - 283

2009/10 - 252

2010/11 - 291

2011/12 - 221 (to 15 March 2012)

Vale of Glamorgan

2009 - 6

2010 - 9

2011 - 13

2012 - 3

2008 - 11

Three compliance /enforcement 0fficers. Dog bags are also available at all local authority outlets such as libraries, Civic Offices etc, to assistant dog owners pick up their dog's faeces

No date prior to 2008

2008/9 - 315

2009/10 - 301

2010/11 -320

2011/12 - 377

Wrexham

Total in five years is 537

Members of the poccasionally provide names and/or addresses of persons responsible in which case an environmental enforcement officer will visit the alleged responsible persons and give an informal warning or issue a fixed penalty notice if there is sufficient evidence. Officers also routinely monitor known hot spot areas.

20078 - 486

2008/9 - 290

2009/10 - 276

2010/11 - 325

2011/12 - 346

Source: Freedom of Information/BBC Wales request

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