Almost 1,800 dog mess complaints in five years

The Bolton News: From left, Cllr Roger Hayes, Andrew Martin, who edits the Bolton Liberal Democrats' Focus newsletter, and Cllr Tony Radlett in Church Road, Smithills, which has been blighted by dog fouling From left, Cllr Roger Hayes, Andrew Martin, who edits the Bolton Liberal Democrats' Focus newsletter, and Cllr Tony Radlett in Church Road, Smithills, which has been blighted by dog fouling

DOG fouling across Bolton has led to almost 1,800 complaints about the amount of mess left on the town’s paths and parks.

New figures show residents rang the council 1,795 times between 2009 and 2013 to complain about the issue.

The data, revealed after a Freedom of Information request, also showed 99 fixed penalty notices of £75 have been given to dog owners caught not cleaning up their pet’s mess, while 11 people were successfully prosecuted — facing fines of up to £1,000.

Council bosses stress they have a zero tolerance policy to dog fouling, and will take all action necessary to fine irresponsible dogs owners who do not clean up after their pet.

A spokesman said: “Officers are unable to issue fines for dog fouling unless they witness someone in the act of allowing their dog to foul.

“The offence must be witnessed by an officer, for action to be taken, as this is a criminal offence and there must be evidence beyond all reasonable doubt.”

The most complaints about dog fouling were received in 2010, where there were 638 made — almost three times the number in 2013, at 240.

Bolton Council attributed the high numbers in 2010 to the special Love Bolton Hate Litter Campaign, which saw officers carry out dawn until dusk raids in fouling hot-spots and encourage residents to call in with their complaints.

But funding for the initiative was cut after 2010 because of the economic downturn.

The Bolton News reported on Tuesday how Dan Urmton, aged 45, of Whitton Mews in Horwich, was fined £320 after allowing his terriers to foul on a children’s playing field.

Cllr Roger Hayes, for Smithills, has launched his own crusade against dog fouling.

He said the figures show there were problems right across Bolton with owners not picking up after their pets and he has been delivering leaflets asking residents about the issue around his ward of Smithills.

Cllr Hayes added: “It’s a problem across Bolton, but in Smithills around Church Road and Harpers Lane is a particular issue.

“The problem is the number of staff at Bolton Council. We have got some excellent officers in this area but there are not enough of them.

“People like dogs but some of them are not responsible owners.”

Owner of Tom’s Toy shop in Little Lever Lorraine Webb runs a Facebook group for the area and says she has been inundated with complaints about dog owners.

The mum-of-two added: “At the end of the day it’s not rocket science to pick it up.

“There’s a cut through by the cricket club that is like a game of ‘dodge the poo’, it’s disgusting.

“But there’s so much about at the moment. It’s not just Little Lever, it’s everywhere.”

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6:51am Thu 6 Feb 14

JustBecause says...

Make the owners eat it, dirty filth people.
Make the owners eat it, dirty filth people. JustBecause
  • Score: -8

7:35am Thu 6 Feb 14

waterbottle says...

Three strikes to the dog owner then take the dog off him
Three strikes to the dog owner then take the dog off him waterbottle
  • Score: -2

8:03am Thu 6 Feb 14

cbtonywan says...

I'd like to get my hands on the owner of the cat that uses my yard as a toilet.

It's not only dog owners.
I'd like to get my hands on the owner of the cat that uses my yard as a toilet. It's not only dog owners. cbtonywan
  • Score: 20

8:31am Thu 6 Feb 14

angus macoatup says...

follow them home and smear it on the windows
follow them home and smear it on the windows angus macoatup
  • Score: 8

8:58am Thu 6 Feb 14

notatroll says...

the bags are cheap enough but where there's an issue a big old fireproof poop bin should be put there! most people don't bother as they know there's no bins to put it in which is lazily and feckless but sadly too many dog owners are!.. so put a big metal bin in so cant be burnt by the yoofs clearly saying this is muck only and watch the issue disappear !!
the bags are cheap enough but where there's an issue a big old fireproof poop bin should be put there! most people don't bother as they know there's no bins to put it in which is lazily and feckless but sadly too many dog owners are!.. so put a big metal bin in so cant be burnt by the yoofs clearly saying this is muck only and watch the issue disappear !! notatroll
  • Score: 16

9:03am Thu 6 Feb 14

Reed Lover says...

I've seen people, usually pensioners, walking their dogs in Astley Bridge Cemetery and basically using it as a dog toilet. Just imagine if these same fine upstanding citizens saw young people drinking and cavorting in the cemetery, there'd be uproar.
Dog mess is a public hazard and a national shame. I'd have a two strike system, 1st strike a hefty fine, second strike public community service, third strike a ban from owning dogs.
I've seen people, usually pensioners, walking their dogs in Astley Bridge Cemetery and basically using it as a dog toilet. Just imagine if these same fine upstanding citizens saw young people drinking and cavorting in the cemetery, there'd be uproar. Dog mess is a public hazard and a national shame. I'd have a two strike system, 1st strike a hefty fine, second strike public community service, third strike a ban from owning dogs. Reed Lover
  • Score: -5

9:03am Thu 6 Feb 14

Reed Lover says...

Yeah, that's a 3 strike system, oops!
Yeah, that's a 3 strike system, oops! Reed Lover
  • Score: -5

9:06am Thu 6 Feb 14

A ninja storm says...

We don't have stray dogs wondering the streets in this country. We have lazy irresponsible dog owners. If your not prepared to pick up the poop don't get a dog!
It's not just disgusting it's dangerous Please watch:


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We don't have stray dogs wondering the streets in this country. We have lazy irresponsible dog owners. If your not prepared to pick up the poop don't get a dog! It's not just disgusting it's dangerous Please watch: https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=07rJT4mB qXQ&feature=youtube_ gdata_player Thank you A ninja storm
  • Score: 11

9:12am Thu 6 Feb 14

Gore Seer says...

Cats Can Be A Pain Not Just Dogs,£100 Animal Licence Could Go A Long Way To Help, Make Every Pet Owner Pay For The Idiots, At Least I Would Be Happy.
Cats Can Be A Pain Not Just Dogs,£100 Animal Licence Could Go A Long Way To Help, Make Every Pet Owner Pay For The Idiots, At Least I Would Be Happy. Gore Seer
  • Score: -2

9:49am Thu 6 Feb 14

firksyyyyy says...

how can you clean cat poo up if you don't take it for a walk?
how can you clean cat poo up if you don't take it for a walk? firksyyyyy
  • Score: 8

9:54am Thu 6 Feb 14

marco999 says...

Bring back dog licences and install more bins (especially near parks, woodland etc) I'm a dog owner with 2 dogs and in the space of an hour they can produce up to 3 or 4 poo's each. Trying to control 2 dogs whilst trying to carry 8 bags of their waste is a real juggling trick. More bins is the answer - dealing with all those complaints for the 11 meagre prosecutions it resulted in is a waste of resources. And how much did all the threatening signs painted on pavements and erected on lampposts cost? All the signs in the world are just not going to deter some people from leaving their dogs poo on the floor, more waste bins strategically placed will definitely help reduce the problem for little relative cost ( a cost that could be covered with licence money) - simple.
Bring back dog licences and install more bins (especially near parks, woodland etc) I'm a dog owner with 2 dogs and in the space of an hour they can produce up to 3 or 4 poo's each. Trying to control 2 dogs whilst trying to carry 8 bags of their waste is a real juggling trick. More bins is the answer - dealing with all those complaints for the 11 meagre prosecutions it resulted in is a waste of resources. And how much did all the threatening signs painted on pavements and erected on lampposts cost? All the signs in the world are just not going to deter some people from leaving their dogs poo on the floor, more waste bins strategically placed will definitely help reduce the problem for little relative cost ( a cost that could be covered with licence money) - simple. marco999
  • Score: 16

10:24am Thu 6 Feb 14

fitz108 says...

The bins have been taken away at smithills hall and a notice has been put up telling dog owners to take their bags home
This is making the situation worse as the bins were always used by dog walkers.
The bins have been taken away at smithills hall and a notice has been put up telling dog owners to take their bags home This is making the situation worse as the bins were always used by dog walkers. fitz108
  • Score: 8

10:32am Thu 6 Feb 14

Brumas says...

I am what I would call a responsible dog owner having just adopted one; it does what it has to in my garden, so I move it. Whenever I take my dog for a walk it carries poop bags in a little carrier round its neck and I also have loads in my pocket which I use. So if dog owners follow suit they have no excuse not to pick up their dogs mess. Fine the perpetrators greatly and also make them clear up the area where they were caught, but not just of dog mess, litter as well, likewise litter droppers who when caught should be made to do the same. Perhaps to help solve the problem enforcement officers should have a dual role, litter /dog fouling.
As for cats they should not be let out of the house, to indiscriminately kill small wildlife or foul gardens, which their owners think is clever because they bury their mess. I personally would think they are clever if cats buried their mess six foot down and did it with a spade.
I am what I would call a responsible dog owner having just adopted one; it does what it has to in my garden, so I move it. Whenever I take my dog for a walk it carries poop bags in a little carrier round its neck and I also have loads in my pocket which I use. So if dog owners follow suit they have no excuse not to pick up their dogs mess. Fine the perpetrators greatly and also make them clear up the area where they were caught, but not just of dog mess, litter as well, likewise litter droppers who when caught should be made to do the same. Perhaps to help solve the problem enforcement officers should have a dual role, litter /dog fouling. As for cats they should not be let out of the house, to indiscriminately kill small wildlife or foul gardens, which their owners think is clever because they bury their mess. I personally would think they are clever if cats buried their mess six foot down and did it with a spade. Brumas
  • Score: 7

10:41am Thu 6 Feb 14

Janbur says...

There is no excuse for not picking your dog mess up,it only takes a minute,but some people just couldn't care less .They should be made to pay for their dirty habits with an hefty fine.As usual never thinking of anyone else only their selves.
There is no excuse for not picking your dog mess up,it only takes a minute,but some people just couldn't care less .They should be made to pay for their dirty habits with an hefty fine.As usual never thinking of anyone else only their selves. Janbur
  • Score: 7

10:56am Thu 6 Feb 14

Newonhojeel says...

Cllr Hayes on the left looks like he may be about to curl one out himself. Will he get fined for that I wonder?
Cllr Hayes on the left looks like he may be about to curl one out himself. Will he get fined for that I wonder? Newonhojeel
  • Score: 9

11:34am Thu 6 Feb 14

Beyond News Forum says...

Back in the USA there are new DNA detectors and Poop Police, heavy heavy fines and every dog needs to be tagged in some areas.

Of course the culture is different and dog mess particularly in the burbs is non-existent

The philosophy of I do not like to step in it from my dawg, why should you step in it from my dawg? Makes for streets and fields so much cleaner.

Dog poop bins, gloves and bags are commonplace.

When I came back here the first thing I noticed myself doing when I walked the street was looking down as I walked... never ever did that out their..

Many owners in the UK are just dirty ignorant individuals anyway, but those who do clean up shyte are a credit.
Back in the USA there are new DNA detectors and Poop Police, heavy heavy fines and every dog needs to be tagged in some areas. Of course the culture is different and dog mess particularly in the burbs is non-existent The philosophy of I do not like to step in it from my dawg, why should you step in it from my dawg? Makes for streets and fields so much cleaner. Dog poop bins, gloves and bags are commonplace. When I came back here the first thing I noticed myself doing when I walked the street was looking down as I walked... never ever did that out their.. Many owners in the UK are just dirty ignorant individuals anyway, but those who do clean up shyte are a credit. Beyond News Forum
  • Score: -28

12:52pm Thu 6 Feb 14

cliff4treasurer says...

I just feel sorry for the little black dog in the picture,did it really deserve to be squashed like that for having a number 2!
I just feel sorry for the little black dog in the picture,did it really deserve to be squashed like that for having a number 2! cliff4treasurer
  • Score: 3

1:05pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Jim271 says...

They cant stop people getting drunk and battering other people,

they cant stop people breaking into houses and battering old people,

They cant stop cars getting broken into,

and yet, if theres any dog poo on the street its

CALL IN THE SAS!!!!!

priorities please and get yourselves proper jobs.
They cant stop people getting drunk and battering other people, they cant stop people breaking into houses and battering old people, They cant stop cars getting broken into, and yet, if theres any dog poo on the street its CALL IN THE SAS!!!!! priorities please and get yourselves proper jobs. Jim271
  • Score: 8

1:31pm Thu 6 Feb 14

waterbottle says...

I would like to know where i can complain about these filthy dog poo walkers because where I am at the back of Sharples High School I see these walkers morning noon and night walking their dogs and leaving the poo behind, I can set up camera with infra red to catch these walkers and report them, they have gardens of their own to make the dogs poo and see how quickly pick up the poo.
I would like to know where i can complain about these filthy dog poo walkers because where I am at the back of Sharples High School I see these walkers morning noon and night walking their dogs and leaving the poo behind, I can set up camera with infra red to catch these walkers and report them, they have gardens of their own to make the dogs poo and see how quickly pick up the poo. waterbottle
  • Score: -5

3:24pm Thu 6 Feb 14

jules81 says...

As a new mum I am sick of dodging dog mess with my pram. I see dog owners in our local park with their dogs off their leads, its impossible for them to see fully if their dog does its dirt and therefore, it doesnt get cleaned up - not an excuse! Walking along pavements it is clear that some owners just choose not to pick up and leave it in front of peoples homes and gardens - disgusting! People should have more respect for other people and clean up after their animals.
As a new mum I am sick of dodging dog mess with my pram. I see dog owners in our local park with their dogs off their leads, its impossible for them to see fully if their dog does its dirt and therefore, it doesnt get cleaned up - not an excuse! Walking along pavements it is clear that some owners just choose not to pick up and leave it in front of peoples homes and gardens - disgusting! People should have more respect for other people and clean up after their animals. jules81
  • Score: 7

4:28pm Thu 6 Feb 14

dolly21bolton says...

If germ-free streets are the aim, our brothers who spit should be fined, no wonder TB is on the rise! With all the blood, vomit and human poo on the streets after the Friday and Saturday night revellers have staggered home, it's a wonder there isn't an outbreak of bubonic plague - the place is like an open sewer.
If germ-free streets are the aim, our brothers who spit should be fined, no wonder TB is on the rise! With all the blood, vomit and human poo on the streets after the Friday and Saturday night revellers have staggered home, it's a wonder there isn't an outbreak of bubonic plague - the place is like an open sewer. dolly21bolton
  • Score: 20

4:39pm Thu 6 Feb 14

The Squire In Residence says...

Here's a thought for you....

Who cleans up after the guide dog....!
Here's a thought for you.... Who cleans up after the guide dog....! The Squire In Residence
  • Score: 0

7:00pm Thu 6 Feb 14

boltonnut says...

Newonhojeel wrote:
Cllr Hayes on the left looks like he may be about to curl one out himself. Will he get fined for that I wonder?
Good observation jeel,best laugh I've had all day.
[quote][p][bold]Newonhojeel[/bold] wrote: Cllr Hayes on the left looks like he may be about to curl one out himself. Will he get fined for that I wonder?[/p][/quote]Good observation jeel,best laugh I've had all day. boltonnut
  • Score: 1

7:17pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Hollieanne says...

The Squire In Residence wrote:
Here's a thought for you.... Who cleans up after the guide dog....!
I was talking to a man who puppy-walks guide dogs and he said they are trained to poo at certain times by only being fed at certain times and with positive reinforcement etc. I don't know if this is true but it would be logical.
[quote][p][bold]The Squire In Residence[/bold] wrote: Here's a thought for you.... Who cleans up after the guide dog....![/p][/quote]I was talking to a man who puppy-walks guide dogs and he said they are trained to poo at certain times by only being fed at certain times and with positive reinforcement etc. I don't know if this is true but it would be logical. Hollieanne
  • Score: 5

11:50pm Thu 6 Feb 14

wsw69 says...

Only 1800 complaints in 5 years? That is only 1 a day. If I had the time to complain about dog mess on the path I'd get nothing done in a day. I'm sure there are grisly bears knocking around Bolton borough curling them out as well.
Only 1800 complaints in 5 years? That is only 1 a day. If I had the time to complain about dog mess on the path I'd get nothing done in a day. I'm sure there are grisly bears knocking around Bolton borough curling them out as well. wsw69
  • Score: 2

12:57pm Sat 8 Feb 14

pendletrotter says...

Self employed dog wardens, heavy fines doubled up to three offences. I'd then suggest shoot either the dog or better still the owner but could be better just banning them from keeping pets. Same with cats - your cat , your poo. Treat accordingly.
Too many dog owners with pockets full of bags but poor vision!
Self employed dog wardens, heavy fines doubled up to three offences. I'd then suggest shoot either the dog or better still the owner but could be better just banning them from keeping pets. Same with cats - your cat , your poo. Treat accordingly. Too many dog owners with pockets full of bags but poor vision! pendletrotter
  • Score: -14

10:22am Sun 9 Feb 14

waterbottle says...

boltonnut wrote:
Newonhojeel wrote:
Cllr Hayes on the left looks like he may be about to curl one out himself. Will he get fined for that I wonder?
Good observation jeel,best laugh I've had all day.
Tie a bag to the dogs backside and when the owner gets home he/she can get rid. I THINK I'LL GO INTO BUSINESS TO MANUFACTRE DOGGIE DAIPERS
[quote][p][bold]boltonnut[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Newonhojeel[/bold] wrote: Cllr Hayes on the left looks like he may be about to curl one out himself. Will he get fined for that I wonder?[/p][/quote]Good observation jeel,best laugh I've had all day.[/p][/quote]Tie a bag to the dogs backside and when the owner gets home he/she can get rid. I THINK I'LL GO INTO BUSINESS TO MANUFACTRE DOGGIE DAIPERS waterbottle
  • Score: 1

6:04pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Lancashire always says...

cliff4treasurer wrote:
I just feel sorry for the little black dog in the picture,did it really deserve to be squashed like that for having a number 2!
I know that dog its round the corner from me its always there !
[quote][p][bold]cliff4treasurer[/bold] wrote: I just feel sorry for the little black dog in the picture,did it really deserve to be squashed like that for having a number 2![/p][/quote]I know that dog its round the corner from me its always there ! Lancashire always
  • Score: 0

12:51pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Rawenergy says...

Jim271 wrote:
They cant stop people getting drunk and battering other people,

they cant stop people breaking into houses and battering old people,

They cant stop cars getting broken into,

and yet, if theres any dog poo on the street its

CALL IN THE SAS!!!!!

priorities please and get yourselves proper jobs.
Agreed. Also don't forget the horses Jim that do it where ever they want, do you see the riders getting off with a bag to pick that up?
[quote][p][bold]Jim271[/bold] wrote: They cant stop people getting drunk and battering other people, they cant stop people breaking into houses and battering old people, They cant stop cars getting broken into, and yet, if theres any dog poo on the street its CALL IN THE SAS!!!!! priorities please and get yourselves proper jobs.[/p][/quote]Agreed. Also don't forget the horses Jim that do it where ever they want, do you see the riders getting off with a bag to pick that up? Rawenergy
  • Score: 2

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