Dog waste bag checks?
DOG-WALKERS in Hayle could soon be stopped by police and enforcement officers and asked to prove they are carrying waste bags.
Hayle Town Council has decided to ask Cornwall Council to amend its dog control order to give officers the power to check if a dog-owner has bags on them, after a Hayle resident complained that dog mess was a big problem in the town.
Paul Pellegrinetti told councillors that he regularly found he had stepped in dog mess while walking around the town and asked if something could be done about the situation.
After a lengthy discussion at its meeting last Thursday, the council resolved to ask local police to proactively monitor the problem, particularly during unsociable hours, and to approach Cornwall Council.
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Town clerk Ellie Giggal said: "We want to ask members of the public to be vigilant and if they see (dog- fouling) to report it to Cornwall Council."
Hayle comes under the unitary authority's countywide dog control order, so failing to clean up after your dog can result in an £80 fixed penalty being issued, reduced to £50 if paid within ten days – but prosecution can lead to a fine of up to £1,000.
Hayle Town Council has also decided to source or purchase dog waste bags, which will then be available in shops and the library.
To report an incident of dog-fouling, go to https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/default.aspx?page=22017