The number of council officers working in the community who can now issues fines to people who let their dogs foul in parks and on pavements, has been increased by West Devon Borough Council.

The authority’s officers on the ground has risen from one to four. They can now issue on-the-spot penalties to owners who do not pick up their dog’s mess. This could be up to £80.

An environmental protection officer and senior specialist are also on hand to deal with repeat offenders who could receive a maximum fine of up to £1,000 if a case goes to court.

West Devon Borough Council supports the Keep Britain Tidy national dog fouling campaign to encourage irresponsible dog owners to clean up after their pets.

The campaign features an eye-catching creative of a ‘dog poo fairy’ with the message ‘There’s no such thing as the Dog Poo Fairy’.

Council officers can offer help and advice if needed and can even offer you a spare bag if you have been caught short! Find out more at