More than 6,600 people in Rotherham were hit with fixed penalty notices for either dropping litter or failing to clear up after their dogs in public areas – with the council describing the results as a “huge step change”.
Figures for the last quarter of the 2018/19 financial year take the total of penalties handed out to offenders to 6,673.
Coun Emma Hoddinott told members of the council’s ruling Cabinet: “It is a huge number and a huge increase. People want us to tackle that and I think these figures show we are doing.
“We were really keen to bring about increased enforcement.”
The change was “a huge step-change in terms of enforcement figures” she said.
Dog fouling is a complaint raised regularly by members of the public but is a notoriously difficult offence to detect because those involved have to be caught as it happens.