Thursday, 10 July 2014

On patrol with the dog wardens

Yesterday, my Launceston colleague Jade Farrington and I joined Cornwall Council's dog welfare and enforcement team on a mass patrol around the town to help combat fouling. The officers targeted areas where there are frequent complaints. The enforcement team educated dog owners who were found to be breaking the law.
Dog fouling is seen as a real problem by many residents. Launceston is reported as having the biggest issue in East Cornwall. Patrols like this can catch offenders in the act, but also serve to remind dog owners of their responsibilities. When people see a dog warden they tend to be extra careful about picking up after their pet so it’s a clear deterrent.
Dogs should always be kept under control and on a lead when on roads or pavements. Dog owners must clear up after their pet and can place the bags in any of the public litter or dog bins located throughout the town.

In Coronation Park numerous signs remind owners that their pets must be kept on a lead in the lower area and only allowed to run free in the top part of the park. The dog team had to remind several people about this and all bar one knew the rule existed and that they were breaking it.
Launceston Town Council is also keen to take action to keep Launceston clean. The council has purchased dog bags and one of its staff is trained and licensed to issue penalty charge notices to offenders.
When we patrolled around Dunheved Road, Race Hill, St Thomas Road and Newport we saw mess that had not been cleared up and picked up several bagfuls. There was certainly an improvement though, so I hope the message is beginning to get through to the minority who refuse to take responsibility.
Many thanks to the team for coming to Launceston. It was very good to see the work they do to help keep Cornwall clean.
The officers undertake regular mass patrols as well as working individually. Some of their work is conducted under cover to target known offenders and they do not always wear a uniform when patrolling.
Jade and Alex are working with Cornwall Council to organise a workshop for anyone who is concerned about dog fouling to learn what can be done to help. The event takes place at 6pm on Wednesday, July 16. If you are interested in attending, please get in touch.

To report dog fouling, call Cornwall Council on 0300 1234 212 or fill in the form at

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