Dog owner ‘caught doing right’ earns a doggie treat

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A Pickering dog owner has been “Caught Doing Right” by the police.

Freda Stead, of Firthlands Road, was spotted picking up after her dog by PCSO Andrew Hugill who entered her into a free prize draw – earning her pooch some treats.

The reward is part of a high-visibility campaign, led by the police and Ryedale District Council, to combat the problem of dog fouling and reward those who do their bit to keep the area free dog waste.

Brian Dunn, the district’s dog warden, said: “The majority of dog owners are fed up of being blamed for the actions of a few irresponsible owners. This campaign acknowledges the actions of all responsible owners in keeping their community clean from dog dirt.”

Sue Cowan, Pickering Town Mayor said: “I am glad Safer Ryedale continue to run this campaign, Pickering Town Council receive lots of complaints from residents regarding dog fouling.”

Patrols will continue to be stepped up in hotspot areas and £50 fines issued to any irresponsible owners in a bid to reduce the amount of dog waste left on land used by the public.

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