A CRACKDOWN on dog mess is gathering momentum after the first volunteer dog warden was appointed.
Jo Tyler and her dog Lexi joined what the council hopes will eventually be a team of volunteer wardens, pledging to report owners who fail to clean up after their pets as well as reporting any litter or fly-tipping that they come across.
The scheme was launched after a recent prosecution, made possible by evidence provided by a member of the public. The publicity around the case prompted several members of the public to come forward and offer to help the council’s drive to tackle dog mess.
The council receives more than 300 reports of dog fouling a year from residents – and now wants their help to catch the culprits.
Under the borough’s dog control orders, dog owners who fail to clean up fouling face an £80 fixed penalty notice. Failure to pay the notice could result in prosecution, with a maximum fine of £1,000.
Environment spokesman Coun Dr Mark Williams said: “This council is determined to crack down on the minority of dog owners who flout the law and damage our environment.
“However, we cannot be everywhere all of the time. That is why it is so important that Jo and Lexi, and others, have come forward to do what is right for Rugby.
“But we need more residents to help us by reporting incidents of dog fouling and littering, either via our app or by phone or email.”