Clean up the mess Dog walkers urged to tidy up

A GREENFIELD mum has warned of increased risks to health caused by irresponsible dog owners failing to scoop the poop.Her worries have now been supported by Saddleworth South councillor and dog walker, Graham Sheldon.

Park Lane and sections of Chew Valley Road have been highlighted as two particular grot spots.

The mother of two said: “We regularly walk up and down Park Lane and Chew Valley Road and both roads are becoming a health hazard with the sheer amount of dog poo.

“We have a five-year-old and a new born. So, it is getting increasingly difficult to avoid the many piles of poo.”

Councillor Sheldon said: “I often walk my dog on Park Lane and have also noticed an increase of dog poo.

“Most dog walkers around this area do pick up the mess, but there are those who do not.

“It is a matter of being a responsible owner and trying to educate some people is hard work.

“I will share this problem with fellow councillors and see if we can get the message across to the dog owners who need to clean up their act.”

Owners who fail to clean up after their pets could be liable for a £1,000 fine.

Oldham Council said: “It is an offence to fail to remove dog faeces deposited by a dog under your control (this applies across the whole borough).

“If you are issued with a fixed penalty notice for dog fouling, you have 14 days to pay the £80 penalty.

“If no payment is received (or you disagree with the notice) you will be issued a summons (so you will have to appear in court).

“If found guilty, you could be fined up to £1,000 for each offence.”

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