Tougher action on dog fouling

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FINES for dog fouling could almost double under a new crackdown.

Chesterfield Council has agreed to consult on adopting a dog control order which would give it increased legal powers and could include increasing the fixed penalty for first-time offenders from £50 to £80 from November.

Council officers say campaigns and enforcement action has been carried out to ensure the current law is upheld - but that some dog owners continue to offend.

Chris Ludlow, executive member for environment at Chesterfield Council, said: “We recognise that anti-social dog owners cause a lot of upset in the community. We want to send a strong message that we will not tolerate irresponsible dog ownership and believe the failure to remove dog fouling justifies a higher penalty than for littering.”

Consultation on the action runs until August 17.