Council targets inconsiderate dog owners

Peter Bradney, left, from Fight4Filey. He claims that he's been swamped of reports of dog fouling in the town.
Peter Bradney, left, from Fight4Filey. He claims that he's been swamped of reports of dog fouling in the town.

A ‘hit list’ is being compiled by council dog wardens of pet owners who are allowing their animals to foul Filey’s streets.

Scarborough Council says that dog owners who are blighting Filey’s streets by not picking up after their dogs have been “observed and reported” over the past six months, after the authority beefed up its presence in the town.

And the council’s senior dog warden claims that those responsible for the foul mess could be prosecuted – and that the authority has “highlighted and targeted” further messy culprits.

Peter Bradney, from the community group Fight4Filey, claims he has recently been swamped with reports of fouling around the town, including one disturbing incident.

“On one occasion someone witnessed children playing with it,” he said.

“There was an increasing level of people reporting to me that this issue was on the increase in a number of areas including the Country Park, the seafront, Mitford Street, Queen Street and Reynold Street areas.”

Graham Hibberd, senior dog warden for the council, said that while they have been targeting Filey, it’s important the public share information about offenders in order to catch those responsible.

He said: “We have over the past six months spent a considerable amount of time patrolling Filey.”

He added: “Offenders have been observed and reported with a view to prosecution, additionally we have highlighted and targeted others who we believe are responsible.”