Local campaigners in fight against dog fouling

A group of local campaigners in Halesowen have united to fight against the scourge of dog fouling after a series of complaints from residents about dog muck in their roads.

Former Halesowen North Councillor Stuart Henley and campaigner’s Daniel Bevan and Peter Dobb are rolling out new signs around lampposts in hotspots around their areas. The signs will be moved regularly and highlight that Dudley Council’s enforcement officers will be targeted the area. 

People who don’t clean up after their dog can expect a fixed penalty notice and a £100 fine if they’re caught. Enforcement is carried out by Council partners who also issue on the spot fines for littering in our community. 

Following the example of Stuart, who kicked off the campaign with signs around Hurst Green and Shell Corner, Daniel and Peter have been putting up the signs around Belle Vale. Daniel said:

“I walk my dog in the local area and I’ve never thought it acceptable not to clean up after him so nobody else should to. The message is clear, you could be fined.” 

Stuart, who is also the Conservative Party candidate for Halesowen North in the local elections in May, added:

“I’ve always been one to roll my sleeves up and get stuck in when something needs doing and dog fouling is one of the biggest complaints I’m getting at the moment.” 

Taking the campaign one step further, campaigners have enlisted The Big Pet Store in helping to supply bags that will be made available in public places should people forget to take one with them. Darren from The Big Pet Store said:

“We are more than happy to support this initiative. It is something we have been passionate about from the start - being a responsible dog owner and picking up after our furry friends.” 

Local residents can also donate supplied to Stuart as he sets up free bag points around Halesowen North by contacting him on his Facebook page or calling him on 07967 142 367.


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