It looks like it could be an uncomfortable few months to come for people taking their dog for a walk.
In fact, just recently, two ‘on-the-spot fines’ of £80 were handed out in nearby Blythe Bridge. If the owners had refused to pay the council-officers, they would have faced possible prosecution – with a maximum penalty of £1000.
And that’s not the end. The Staffordshire Moorlands Council is now actively urging neighbours to report any offending dog-owners they spot, and, to make it easier, the council says that reports can be made anonymously.
There is an online form, that is straightforward to fill in: click here to see the form.
The actual law of Dog Control Orders means that it’s an offence not to clear up after a dog “in any public space open to the air”. This means that field footpaths and trackways come under the law as well.
It is a serious issue of course. The bacteria in a dog’s faeces are actually fairly singular, and, if passed on, can cause diseases in both children and in cattle.
Our parish council has provided special extra dog-litter bins (the red ones), though you can use any bin for disposal of course. If you’re a dog-owner, the best thing for the future is also to carry some plastic bags around with you.