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Barnsley ranked top for dog-fouling fines

Thursday April 14 2016

Barnsley Council Barnsley Council

BARNSLEY is a hotspot for dog fouling - with more fines issued in the town than anywhere else.

A spokesperson for the Kingdom Security private enforcement agency told councillors last week that when it comes to issuing fines for dog fouling, Barnsley ranks at number one across 30 councils the firm covers. 

Last year, more than 450 dog-fouling fines were issued in Barnsley - an increase of more than 263 from the 187 fines in 2014.

Those figures saw Barnsley placed top in the UK out of 348 councils for dog-fouling enforcement. 

The council pays out more than £1.2m a year to clean up litter and dog mess, which prompted area councils to partner with Kingdom Security to help tackle the problem.

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Reply Posted by Sally on Thursday April 14 2016 at 15:12
There needs to be more bins! Responsible dog owners will carry to nearest bin no matter how far, but these are few and far between. Then there are those dog owners who have every intention of disposing in the right way only to bag up the mess, carry it so far and then discard it STILL IN THE BAG!

Reply Posted by Sylvia on Thursday April 14 2016 at 15:20
It's horrendous in goldthorpe every other step your having to side step it and the dog wardens are always at the side of fields trying to catch responsible owners and not on the streets looking for the real culprits

Reply Posted by carol on Thursday April 14 2016 at 15:32
well they cant be out in Athersley North as the grass n pavements are covered , I get fed up of having to pull my own dog who I always clean up after out of the way of other dogs mess left behind by irresponsible owners

Reply Posted by sassy on Thursday April 14 2016 at 16:09
I wish they would send someone round Doncaster road in early hours cos there's always a new pile every morning when kids are going to school it's disgusting

Reply Posted by Whats Occurrin on Friday April 15 2016 at 20:44
There's plenty more sh**e to deal with in that particular area,
other than doggy doos !

Reply Posted by Julie on Thursday April 14 2016 at 16:24
There's dog crap everywhere in Great Houghton, you have to look down all the time. The irresponsible, lazy dog owners don't care if children or anyone else walks in it. Absolutely disgusting. All it takes is for a child to walk in it without realising and then walking it into the classroom. Then a child could end up being blind from it. Wish I could catch those responsible because the council aren't gonna ever do owt about it.

Reply Posted by Whats Occurrin on Friday April 15 2016 at 20:45
Oh, and you started off so posh !

Reply Posted by Robdought on Thursday April 14 2016 at 16:24
This is not surprising.what they should do is name and shame these people in the Barnsley Chronicle every week.They should do a DNA of all dogs so when the owners allow the dogs out thinking no one can see the dog. The dog crap can be used as evidence.

Most dog owners I no are very responsible owners.

Reply Posted by Whats Occurrin on Friday April 15 2016 at 20:55
How about working on the same principle, and checking the DNA from the human crap deposited in some private gardens, after a weekend of pi**heads getting caught short on their way home ?

Reply Posted by Miffed on Thursday April 14 2016 at 18:09
Bins are no excuse. If you want to own a dog - clear up after it - it's that simple.

Reply Posted by Anon on Thursday April 14 2016 at 19:44
Its a pity the same ruling doesnt apply to horse poop cos south yorks police but be top ov the list.its ok for them to leave a barrowful in the backings.muckies .lol

Reply Posted by Whats Occurrin on Friday April 15 2016 at 21:06
Good point Anon.

Reply Posted by Mr Reality Check on Monday April 18 2016 at 13:41
The content of horse poo is vegetative which means it is made from mostly grass, dog feces is made up of meat, which is why the bacteria is more dangerous (i.e. when kids get it in their eyes), a single dog will produce more bacteria in one day than a person, a horse and a cow combined.
Plus horse poo is good for growing flowers so get a shovel and put it on your rose bushes. Judging by your uneducated initial comments you'll probably put it on your cannabis plants and take your "status" dog (a staffy most likely) for a Sugar. Honey. Ice. Tea. in a soft play area.

Reply Posted by Sarah on Thursday April 14 2016 at 20:02
It's worse in our village the carrfeild park in Bolton up on dearn is bad it what's a camer put up to see which dity dog Owen is leave the poo behind

Reply Posted by Dave on Thursday April 14 2016 at 22:16
This firm Kingdom Security are using intimidation tactics to get fines from responsible owners that look easy targets instead of going after the real causes of the issues - hence the problem isn't going away. The streets and grass verges are a joke in places.

Reply Posted by bob on Friday April 15 2016 at 07:41
dave, use your noggin mate, officers can only fine if you dont pick up your dogs poo, how can they "intimidate" you to do that ?!.. responsible dog owners pick up after their dogs and don't get fined, miffed was right, it is very simple - don't leave your dogs poo lying around, if you do you deserve to be fined, its disgusting

Reply Posted by CHLOE on Friday April 15 2016 at 10:35

Reply Posted by Karen on Friday April 15 2016 at 10:46
they need to cum to harry road park and see how much dog poo around there. I feel sorry for the footballers who have to avoid it when trying to play footy.there's 3 bins at either entry but still they don't use them. it's disgusting, I feel I'm the only one picking up after my dog.it's not just poo , round the play area it's full of litter .I don't think youngsters today know what a bin is, it's about time they learnt.

Reply Posted by Naughtynorman on Friday April 15 2016 at 18:14
All very worthy comments folks. There are only so many enforcement officers, unfortunately they have to spread themselves too thinly. It is worthy of note that dog fouling is against the law, whether it be on the street,or public park. If you are a responsible dog owner/walker you have absolutely nothing to fear. The officers do a great job in often very volatile situations.
Perhaps we need a dedicated enforcement team to patrol the areas of proposed new gypsey sites, where dog excrement is often outnumbered by human!!!!!
Happy days!!!!

Reply Posted by alanb on Friday April 15 2016 at 20:33
It's simple. Engage more enforcement officers as they will surely be self-funding or better.

Reply Posted by urb on Saturday April 16 2016 at 16:25
How about the 3 dogs who daily sxxt outside our house and even on our path to the house. Great fun as me being blind I have know idea if I am fetching it in the house or not.

Reply Posted by Whats Occurrin on Saturday April 16 2016 at 17:39
Without wishing to be rude urb, how do you know it's "3 dogs ?

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