£75 reward handed to responsible Stafford resident

Date: 8 May, 2017

5343_75_pound_reward_handed_to_responsible_Stafford_residentA concerned resident has received a cash reward after reporting an irresponsible dog owner in Stafford.

The irresponsible dog owner was seen not cleaning up after their dog in Wildwood and were fined £75 for committing the offence.

Now the £75 has been handed over to the woman from the Wildwood area of the town. It was down to information she gave to Stafford Borough Council that an enforcement officer was able to issue a fine to the man.

Howard Thomas, Head of Environment and Health at the Borough Council said the reward was well deserved.

“Since launching the reward scheme in 2014 we have seen a huge amount of support for our efforts to get rid of this disgusting crime that is only fair that those who help us should be rewarded - with the inconsiderate dog owner the one that pays.

“However, a high number of dog owners do clean up after their pets, but it’s a small inconsiderate minority that give everyone a bad name.

“This is why as a council we rely on members of the public to give us information to help us catch those breaking the law. All people have to do is pick up and bag the mess and put it in the bin.”

The Borough Council also introduced other initiatives to tackle the issue, including dawn and evening patrols in dog fouling hotspots to catch offenders. And recently the authority has set up several ‘100% fouling free’ campaigns in conjunction with Community groups and parish Councils.

You can email dogs@staffordbc.gov.uk to give information in confidence about people who do not clean up after their dogs or call 01785 619402. Further details can be found at www.staffordbc.gov.uk/dogs

You will be in line for a £75 reward if the information you give leads to a person being given a fixed penalty notice or successfully prosecuted.

Press Release No 5343

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