A project to help combat dog fouling is taking place in Sefton.

Called Operation Collar, Environmental Enforcement officers will be approaching dog walkers in Sefton.

All dog walkers will be asked if they are carrying bags to pick up fouling. If not they will be given a verbal warning telling them that a fixed-penalty-fine of £75 can be issued for not picking up their pet’s mess. Addresses will also be taken and a warning letter issued to them.

Cllr Patricia Hardy, Cabinet Member Communities and Environment, said: “Dog fouling on our roads and pavements is anti-social behaviour, a major concern amongst residents and needs to stop.

“This month long project has been funded and initiated through the local wards and show a commitment to tackle this.

“Dog owners must pick up after their dog has fouled and ‘dispose of it in a bin’. As long as fouling is bagged it can go into any refuse bin.

“Enforcement action will be taken against anyone who does not pick up their dog’s fouling and offenders will be issued with an on-the-spot fixed penalty notices of £75 if they are caught. The simple message is when your dog fouls, ‘bag it, tie it, and bin it’.”

Dog owners must not dispose of bags of fouling onto the highway or grass verges as this commits a littering offence for which similar fixed penalty notices will be served.

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