A COMMUNITY is winning the war against dog fouling after a pet owner was slapped with a hefty fine.
Councillors, residents and the police in Broughton have joined forces to take a hardline approach against dog fouling after the village has become blighted with dog mess.
And their dedication in tackling the problem paid off at the weekend when the first fixed penalty notice was issued in the village.
PCSO Jason Knowles caught an offender failing to pick up after their dog and issued them with a fine of £75.
Cllr Billy Mullin said: “The community council has, for many years, part-funded the Police Community Support Officer, and we are grateful for PCSO Jason Knowles having issued the first ticket in Broughton.
“As school governors, we are concerned about the state of the pavements and this fine is a positive move.”
The fine was issued on Saturday, and is the latest of several tickets issued for dog fouling offences in Flintshire.
Broughton is one of a number of areas to set up a ‘dog watch’ scheme, which involves residents patrolling their own communities and handing out bags to dog walkers.
Last month fed-up Broughton resident Gary Downie launched a campaign to stamp out dog fouling using £10,000 of his own money.
He has bankrolled the launch of StreetKleen, a charity to remove dog dirt and provide education.
And Cllr Dave McFarlane said there had already been a big improvement in the village.
He said: “Flintshire Council came down and cleaned everywhere up and Gary’s campaign has really galvanised the village.
“We have seen a big improvement, people are more aware of the issue and this fine being issued highlights it again.”
Cllr Dennis Hutchinson, Flintshire Council’s executive member for public protection, said dog fouling will not be tolerated across the county.
He said: “This penalty notice complements the work of the ‘dog watch’ scheme by catching a local resident who failed to pick up after their dog.
“We want this to send out a clear message to other residents that this type of offence will not be tolerated in the county.
“We want everyone to know that we have a ‘zero tolerance’ approach when it comes to dog fouling in Flintshire.”