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Pet owners pick up fewer dog poo fines

Wednesday June 10th 2015

Pet owners are becoming more responsible when it comes to clearing up dog mess, new BBC radio research suggests.

The number of fines handed out to dog owners for not picking up their pet's poo fell by nearly a fifth in 2014/15, according to 5 Live.

The number of fixed penalties issued across Wales and England dropped 18.5% from 3,521 in 2013/14 to 2,868 in 2014/15.

Overall, 73,824 complaints were made about canine mess during the past financial year, the study found.

It also showed that as many as 103 local authorities issued no fixed penalties, with 46.6% of these (48) not doing so for the past five years.

East Hertfordshire, Bournemouth, Merton, Swindon and Bexley were among these despite getting a combined total of nearly 8,000 dog fouling complaints between 2010 and 2015.

Penalties usually average out at around £75 per offence, but this varies from council to council. A total of 302 out of 348 councils questioned by the BBC responded.

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