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Dog owner John Padley scoops Safer Ryedale's ‘right thing’ award
SAFER Ryedale has awarded a prize to a local resident who was ‘caught doing the right thing’.
John Padley entered a free prize draw for a dog hamper after he was witnessed picking up after his dog by a North Yorkshire police officer.
During high visibility patrols by North Yorkshire Police and Ryedale District Council Enforcement Officers, responsible owners were rewarded with ‘Caught Doing Right’ cards that were then used to enter a free prize draw.
The prize has been donated by Lorna Humphreys, owner of Nose2Tail Grooming in Norton, and Darren Swift of Norton Aquaria.
Lorna was the previous winner of the Caught Doing Right campaign competition.
Inspector Andy Everitt said Safer Ryedale praised members of the community for doing the right thing and ‘picking up’ after their dogs.
“This proactive work shows communities our persistence to solving the dog fouling complaints in Ryedale and we will continue proactive work which will help raise awareness of this increasing problem,” he said.
“Allowing your dog to foul in public places and then not picking it up is an anti-social act. Please bin your dog’s waste and do your bit in preserving the community environment.
“We will not hesitate to fine dog owners who refuse to act responsibly.”
Patrols will continue to be stepped up in hotspot areas and £50 fines will be issued to irresponsible dog owners in a bid to reduce the amount of dog waste left on any designated land open to the air and to which the public has access.
The campaign aims to not only enforce the law, but to also change behaviour and encourage dog owners to bag and bin their dog’s waste in any litter bin in the area.
Many town and parish councils have dog waste bins at key points in their area and some also have bag dispensers near the waste bins to make things really easy, but dog mess, once bagged, can be placed in any general litter bin.
To report dog fouling offences contact Ryedale District Council on 01653 600666 ext 208 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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