A big stink is being caused by dog owners who let their pets foul footpaths and beauty spots across Ryedale.
The issue, an ongoing concern for several years, was an “emotive” topic at the recent Ryedale Parish Liaison meeting, said Janet Waggott, the chief executive of Ryedale District Council.
“It is a widespread problem in many areas of the country, but we are determined to help stamp it out,” she said. “It is offensive to both our residents and tourists and a health hazard.”
As well as waste being left on footpaths and in public parks, there have been reports of dog owners taking the trouble to bag up waste only to hang it on trees, instead of putting it in nearby Dog Waste Bins. A number of years ago, Ryedale Council authorised North Yorkshire Police officers and Police Community Support Officers to issue fixed penalty notices to anyone who is spotted not removing their dogs waste. But Cllr Linda Cowling, leader of the council, believes the time has come for the district “to get tougher and prosecute.” She added: “We need to tackle those people who are doing it and not getting caught.”
Anyone who spots a dog fouling incident should email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (01653) 600666.