No fines for dog fouling in Bury St Edmunds in past four years

The dog fouling notice outside Howard Primary School in Bury.
The dog fouling notice outside Howard Primary School in Bury.
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Not a single dog owner in St Edmundsbury has been taken to court or fined for failing to scoop up canine mess in the past four years.

Signs around Bury St Edmunds warn dog owners they could be fined up to £1,000 if they do not pick up their animal’s waste.

But on Wednesday night St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s operations manager Chris Silverwood told its overview and scrutiny committee that getting evidence for a prosecution ‘Is a problem.’

Cllr Pat Warby asked Mr Silverwood, who has been with the council for four years, if anyone had ever been prosecuted for leaving dog mess.

“Not that I’m aware of,” said Mr Silverwood.

He said the council only had one officer dealing with the issue but urged residents and councillors to report dog fouling.

“If somebody knows who it is, we can’t prosecute but we can write to them. Often it can be one owner with one dog in one area.

“You are not going to get a prosecution out of it but you are going to stop it – that’s the name of the game,” he said.

But Cllr Warby said she felt the council needed ‘One or two’ prosecutions to act as a warning to other dog owners.