The Northumberland County Council Animal welfare team deal with persistent dog fouling issues.
Check down this page to see how our community working together can help reduce this problem.
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General local Updates
Update 24th September 2020
August 2020 figures.
66 dog fouling complaints in Northumberland incl 2 in Prudhoe
1 fixed penalty notice, not in Prudhoe.
Update 18th July 2020
July 2020 figures
Updated July 6th 2020.-
82 Dog Fouling complaints 3 from Prudhoe . 2 FPNs issued 0 in prudhoe
87 Dog fouling complaints in Northumberland
2 in Prudhoe
5 FPN issued 0 in Prudhoe.
65 Dog fouling complaints in Northumberland 4 from Prudhoe . 1 FPN issued 0 in Prudhoe
We now have 2980 people signed up to green dog walker scheme ,59 of these live in Prudhoe area
80 Dog fouling complaints in Northumberland 3 from Prudhoe . 6 FPNs issued 0 in Prudhoe
October 2018 update
The number of residents who have signed up to the green dog walkers scheme in Northumberland – 1544 and 53 of those are in Prudhoe.
We introduced a dog exercise area in Eastwoods Park !!
This has made a dramatic improvement to the situation.
Ample free parking, and even free dog bags are available if residents are signed up to the green dog walkers scheme.
We support NCC green dog walking events coming to the town.
Just in case people have difficulty in finding a dog bin !!!
And helping to make Prudhoe look better.
Benchmarking has shown that this was the highest number issued by any
of the seven North East Councils last year
In Prudhoe –
Enforcement officers meet our County Cllrs on a regular basis and patrol overtly & covertly in Prudhoe, but intelligence / information would make it easier to direct them effectively. Please see the quick and easy to complete reporting system below.
More proactive & preventative patrols are now being carried out.
The number of reports received in Prudhoe are very small compared with other towns of a similar size, the majority of reports are received in the South east area and some coastal areas.
The NCC enforcement officers operate mainly on a intelligence led response basis, so if residents and others can help with times / dates / desc etc that would greatly assist.
Signage is just one part of the way we can deal with the issue.
Other facts –
The vast majority of dog owners are responsible people who are concerned by the actions of the few who fail to clear up after their animal.
Dogs are not behaving irresponsibly, only those in control of them are by leaving the mess.
Most areas in the County (and elsewhere in the Country) suffer the same problem.
The Animal welfare team do a great job helping to educate, remind, warn or even enforce the law if required, but they can only operate effectively if information is provided which will help them carry out their job.
To this end it would be beneficial if as much information as possible is provided for them to help tackle the problem e.g exact location, time / day of repeat offending, name and or description of offender/ dog.
So please help them to help us all.
(Reports have been received about dog mess near Schools and in play areas.)
Check out the NCC Green dog walkers Scheme Click here
Update on the green green dog walkers Scheme – August 2018 – Click here
What bins can be used ?
Dog bags can be left in any bin, not just those designated for that purpose, and no one can answer the question why people pick up the mess in a bag and leave it on the ground or occasionally in trees.
Prudhoe has more bins provided than in other towns the size of it.
How to report persistent offending.
Online – Click here (This is quick & easy and free)
By Post –
Animal Welfare Team. (Dog Control)
Northumberland County Council
Telephone 01661 520005
Gordon joined up with the team on a high profile patrol.
(High Profile patrols act as a reminder).
(Above – Gordon reinforcing warnings by placing additional signs)
‘Free’ dog bags are available from The Spetchells Centre, Miners Lamp Community hub & The Tyne Riverside cafe.
Why not carry extra bags to give to other dog walkers who you may see out & about and have ‘just run out’.
(Signage is another way to remind people of their responsibilities).
Dangerous dogs – CLICK HERE
Concerns about Animal welfare – Click here (NCC Reporting)
RSPCA – Click here
The Dogs Trust – Click here
RSPB – Click here
Keep Britain Tidy – Click here
HM Government – Click here
NCC Public space protection order – Click here
Micro chipping of dogs –
It is compulsory for all dogs over the age of 8 weeks in England to be fitted with microchips (from 6 April 2016). – Click here
Working with the whole community to bring about change
(The Animal welfare officers attend the Community walkabout events – Introduced by us in Prudhoe in 2016 )
Tell us your views on a variety of subjects – Click here
You can contact us – Click here
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