Reward for Newport dog owner who picked up dog dirt
6:10pm Monday 21st January 2013 in News
A LUCKY Newport resident received a £25 voucher and two were given a doggie goodie bag after council officers spotted them cleaning up after their dogs.
Dog wardens and community safety wardens are issuing fixed penalty notices to anyone caught leaving their dog’s mess in public places.
But they have also been collecting names and addresses of owners who have been spotted doing the right thing.
Following a draw one resident received a £25 voucher from Pets At Home and a doggie goodie bag, while two runners-up received goodie bags.
Sixteen fixed penalty notices were issued between April 1 and the end of December last year.
One person has since been prosecuted for non-payments and was fined £200 with costs of £77.50.
Newport councillor Gail Giles, cabinet member for licensing and statutory functions, said: “We want to send out a clear message that we will not tolerate irresponsible dog owners who allow animals to blight our streets.
“The campaign is also about raising awareness and trying to make people realise that clearing up after their dogs helps to make public areas both more pleasant and healthier.”