Newport's 'zero tolerance' for dog mess

DOG owners in Newport will be fined £75 if they are caught failing to clear up their pet’s mess.

Previously pet owners may have received a warning or advice from community safety wardens or dog wardens in place of a fine.

But now the city council says anyone found to be committing the crime will be fined.

Councillor Gail Giles, cabinet member for licensing and statutory functions, said she and many of her colleagues get lots of complaints about the issue.

She said not only its dog mess unpleasant, it can also be a serious health hazard, especially to children – the biggest worry being toxicariasis, which can lead to blindness.

She said: "I know the majority of dog owners in the city are responsible and do "bag it and bin it".

"However, we will not tolerate the selfish few who don’t or won’t take the simple step of picking up after their pets."

Those who refuse to pay the fixed penalty notice will be taken to court.

In one recent case, a woman who failed to pay was summoned to magistrates’ court where she was found guilty in her absence.

She was fined £120, ordered to pay £77.50 court costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

As well as the regular patrols, the authority is calling on the public to report anyone they know who regularly commits the offence.

They will be asked to give a description of the dog owner and information about where and at what the time of days it happens. This can be done anonymously.

Wardens will then visit those places in a bid to catch the culprit.

E-mail info@newport.gov.uk or call 01633 656656.

 

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11:59am Mon 20 Aug 12

james.dyer7@ntlworld.com says...

No doubt this will have Donovan writing another letter. Look out folks!
No doubt this will have Donovan writing another letter. Look out folks! james.dyer7@ntlworld.com
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12:03pm Mon 20 Aug 12

Adrian Williams says...

Good - I am sick of dog's mess in public places !
Good - I am sick of dog's mess in public places ! Adrian Williams
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12:17pm Mon 20 Aug 12

rhinestine says...

Joke! no one will be on hand to enforce this, just like no one enforces the litter law, anti-social behavior law, Criminal Law, need I go on?

The only law they seem to enforce is the traffic laws, you can get a ticket through the post with a fine and points on your license for doing 35 in 30 zone, no immediate danger to anyone, not defacing, urinating, or swearing at any property or persons, but you still get a hefty fine, and why?

AS IT'S EASY FOR THEM!!!

Britain is a disgrace, Newport is a bigger disgrace!!!
Joke! no one will be on hand to enforce this, just like no one enforces the litter law, anti-social behavior law, Criminal Law, need I go on? The only law they seem to enforce is the traffic laws, you can get a ticket through the post with a fine and points on your license for doing 35 in 30 zone, no immediate danger to anyone, not defacing, urinating, or swearing at any property or persons, but you still get a hefty fine, and why? AS IT'S EASY FOR THEM!!! Britain is a disgrace, Newport is a bigger disgrace!!! rhinestine
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12:20pm Mon 20 Aug 12

Cymru Am Beth says...

Newport must be the dog s*** capital of Wales.
I absolutely hate this, nearly stepped in a pile in the middle of the footpath in Caerleon Road on Saturday.
Summerhill Avenue is littered with it.
When you walk around it seems to be a majority of people allowing their dogs to foul, not a minority as suggested.
Let's hope the Council will carry this out.
Newport must be the dog s*** capital of Wales. I absolutely hate this, nearly stepped in a pile in the middle of the footpath in Caerleon Road on Saturday. Summerhill Avenue is littered with it. When you walk around it seems to be a majority of people allowing their dogs to foul, not a minority as suggested. Let's hope the Council will carry this out. Cymru Am Beth
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1:24pm Mon 20 Aug 12

NakedDancer says...

I've seen a lot of bad places in Britain for dog fouling, notably Hastings, so I wouldnt say Newport is worse than anywhere else. However, it is disgusting anyone would let their dog do that. I'd like to see 2 things made compulsory:
a) training for dog owners/dogs
b) proof that the house is big enough to home a dog and with a sizeable garden.

Those 2 checks would eliminate the vast majority of irresponsible owners who own dogs for their own selfish reasons and not in the dogs best interest.
I've seen a lot of bad places in Britain for dog fouling, notably Hastings, so I wouldnt say Newport is worse than anywhere else. However, it is disgusting anyone would let their dog do that. I'd like to see 2 things made compulsory: a) training for dog owners/dogs b) proof that the house is big enough to home a dog and with a sizeable garden. Those 2 checks would eliminate the vast majority of irresponsible owners who own dogs for their own selfish reasons and not in the dogs best interest. NakedDancer
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1:29pm Mon 20 Aug 12

james.dyer7@ntlworld.com says...

naked dancer - Yes who pays for that and it would need many more council staff to check plus checking on dog breeder sales.

Also you can't stop a dog crapping. it just needs to be picked-up by owner.
naked dancer - Yes who pays for that and it would need many more council staff to check plus checking on dog breeder sales. Also you can't stop a dog crapping. it just needs to be picked-up by owner. james.dyer7@ntlworld.com
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3:43pm Mon 20 Aug 12

robertce says...

At last doing something to curb this blight, I hope the wardens are out early along the river bank near George street bridge they will have a field day.
At last doing something to curb this blight, I hope the wardens are out early along the river bank near George street bridge they will have a field day. robertce
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5:59pm Mon 20 Aug 12

Welshman76 says...

Rhinestone - there are plenty of roads out of Newport if you dislike the place so much and plenty of ports/airports if you dislike Britain so much! Or just try getting elected into office if you think you can do a better job. I'm guessing that you will still be in the same area this time next year as I doubt you will move on. There are many places in the world better than Newport but there are also many places worse!!
Rhinestone - there are plenty of roads out of Newport if you dislike the place so much and plenty of ports/airports if you dislike Britain so much! Or just try getting elected into office if you think you can do a better job. I'm guessing that you will still be in the same area this time next year as I doubt you will move on. There are many places in the world better than Newport but there are also many places worse!! Welshman76
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8:16am Tue 21 Aug 12

Cymru Am Beth says...

I don't think that it is a dislike of Newport that is the problem.
As a proud Welsh person, I would love to see Newport have a positive image.
However, it doesn't have one and judging by comments in the English papers, it is considered a dump.
It is still a dump, whether there are worse places is irrelevant I feel.
Let us hope that this project and the regeneration of the centre of Newport goes ahead, so that a positive image of our City is presented.
I don't think that it is a dislike of Newport that is the problem. As a proud Welsh person, I would love to see Newport have a positive image. However, it doesn't have one and judging by comments in the English papers, it is considered a dump. It is still a dump, whether there are worse places is irrelevant I feel. Let us hope that this project and the regeneration of the centre of Newport goes ahead, so that a positive image of our City is presented. Cymru Am Beth
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8:49am Tue 21 Aug 12

rhinestine says...

Welshman76 wrote:
Rhinestone - there are plenty of roads out of Newport if you dislike the place so much and plenty of ports/airports if you dislike Britain so much! Or just try getting elected into office if you think you can do a better job. I'm guessing that you will still be in the same area this time next year as I doubt you will move on. There are many places in the world better than Newport but there are also many places worse!!
You could not be further from your assumption!! lol!!!

Yes, I could do a better job! but this country is so PC, I would not be allowed to do what is needed, as people like you would object no doubt!
[quote][p][bold]Welshman76[/bold] wrote: Rhinestone - there are plenty of roads out of Newport if you dislike the place so much and plenty of ports/airports if you dislike Britain so much! Or just try getting elected into office if you think you can do a better job. I'm guessing that you will still be in the same area this time next year as I doubt you will move on. There are many places in the world better than Newport but there are also many places worse!![/p][/quote]You could not be further from your assumption!! lol!!! Yes, I could do a better job! but this country is so PC, I would not be allowed to do what is needed, as people like you would object no doubt! rhinestine
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10:02am Tue 21 Aug 12

Howie' says...

rhinestine wrote:
Welshman76 wrote:
Rhinestone - there are plenty of roads out of Newport if you dislike the place so much and plenty of ports/airports if you dislike Britain so much! Or just try getting elected into office if you think you can do a better job. I'm guessing that you will still be in the same area this time next year as I doubt you will move on. There are many places in the world better than Newport but there are also many places worse!!
You could not be further from your assumption!! lol!!!

Yes, I could do a better job! but this country is so PC, I would not be allowed to do what is needed, as people like you would object no doubt!
Ah, that old chestnut...So what would you like to do that so called 'PC' would stop?
[quote][p][bold]rhinestine[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Welshman76[/bold] wrote: Rhinestone - there are plenty of roads out of Newport if you dislike the place so much and plenty of ports/airports if you dislike Britain so much! Or just try getting elected into office if you think you can do a better job. I'm guessing that you will still be in the same area this time next year as I doubt you will move on. There are many places in the world better than Newport but there are also many places worse!![/p][/quote]You could not be further from your assumption!! lol!!! Yes, I could do a better job! but this country is so PC, I would not be allowed to do what is needed, as people like you would object no doubt![/p][/quote]Ah, that old chestnut...So what would you like to do that so called 'PC' would stop? Howie'
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8:06pm Fri 24 Aug 12

gordelpus says...

I'm thinking that if I really focus on firming up my already seriously entrenched, bigoted, far right beliefs and attitudes I might get to a place where I lose all insight and compassion, and become a raving racist and anti dog crap activist.

Alternatively, I can stick to my current strategy which is, in essence, to live and raise my kids in a place where normal people.

I have lately been thinking about getting a pit bull and letting it crap everywhere so that my nieghbours can tread in it and walk it through their houses. This seems to be perfectly acceptable, if not the social norm in the Port.

If it's good enough for them, it's good enough for me.

Any advice on reputable local breeders welcome.
I'm thinking that if I really focus on firming up my already seriously entrenched, bigoted, far right beliefs and attitudes I might get to a place where I lose all insight and compassion, and become a raving racist and anti dog crap activist. Alternatively, I can stick to my current strategy which is, in essence, to live and raise my kids in a place where normal people. I have lately been thinking about getting a pit bull and letting it crap everywhere so that my nieghbours can tread in it and walk it through their houses. This seems to be perfectly acceptable, if not the social norm in the Port. If it's good enough for them, it's good enough for me. Any advice on reputable local breeders welcome. gordelpus
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8:37pm Fri 24 Aug 12

digispamman says...

i dont believe in fines for dog fouling, if someones dog fouls a pavement the the owner should be made to pick up the mess and eat it.
i dont believe in fines for dog fouling, if someones dog fouls a pavement the the owner should be made to pick up the mess and eat it. digispamman
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9:41pm Sat 25 Aug 12

Dolieboy says...

Well no joy where I live, have phoned the wardens loads of times, but they say they have to catch them in the act!!!
Well no joy where I live, have phoned the wardens loads of times, but they say they have to catch them in the act!!! Dolieboy
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10:32am Sun 26 Aug 12

chris227 says...

the trouble is the staffie owning shell suited masses that roam the streets of Newport will just not pay their fine - not sure why these people don't get it taken straight out of their disability benefits.
the trouble is the staffie owning shell suited masses that roam the streets of Newport will just not pay their fine - not sure why these people don't get it taken straight out of their disability benefits. chris227
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11:00am Sun 26 Aug 12

Carrot's says...

Rinestone - I make an observation that on every topic (NHS, shoplifting, chip shop award in Cwmbran and now dog mess) your post is almost identical each time!
First an exclaimation that it is a disgrace, then a diatribe about what a bunch of wasters/idiots the perpetrators are- often alluding to this being the result of our immigration policy; allowing you to move on to blame the government and Newport council in particlular. If blame for the immigrants can be shoehorned in its a winner. Finally we are usually treated with a signoff on the state of the nation. (Broken).
When challenged - you come back with excuses why you cant get involved (not PC enough). As JM once said - 'Put up or shut up'. This is actually a great country and I'm fed up with the Rynestines of this world who constantly run it down.
Rinestone - I make an observation that on every topic (NHS, shoplifting, chip shop award in Cwmbran and now dog mess) your post is almost identical each time! First an exclaimation that it is a disgrace, then a diatribe about what a bunch of wasters/idiots the perpetrators are- often alluding to this being the result of our immigration policy; allowing you to move on to blame the government and Newport council in particlular. If blame for the immigrants can be shoehorned in its a winner. Finally we are usually treated with a signoff on the state of the nation. (Broken). When challenged - you come back with excuses why you cant get involved (not PC enough). As JM once said - 'Put up or shut up'. This is actually a great country and I'm fed up with the Rynestines of this world who constantly run it down. Carrot's
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