'Shop' bad dog owners

PUBLISHED: 02:01 10 April 2008 | UPDATED: 08:58 10 June 2010

PEOPLE are to be urged to 'shop' irresponsible dog owners as the town council promises direct action to clean up canine mess. An incident report form will be made available across town in an effort to catch dog-owners failing to clear up. Town councillor

PEOPLE are to be urged to 'shop' irresponsible dog owners as the town council promises direct action to clean up canine mess.An incident report form will be made available across town in an effort to catch dog-owners failing to clear up. Town councillors at Monday's meeting enthusiastically welcomed the scheme, dreamt up by Cllr Tom Wright.Incident forms are currently being designed as the town council seeks to corral support to pressure East Devon District Council dog wardens into taking action.Cllr Wright, a dog owner, said: "This is one of the problems that most concerns our community, and is a problem that is difficult to police."The only way a dog warden can be effective is by feeding the relevant authority with information. "The scheme will also test the resolve of our citizens who quite rightly express their disgust. It is only by their co-operation that this problem can be tackled."The scheme could come into force as soon as next week, with forms distributed at the library and shops once they are ready.Once completed, forms can be handed in at town council offices, where town clerk Jo Vanstone will forward details to EDDC.Minor concerns were expressed at Monday's council meeting over the need to ask the public to spy on one another, but the idea was backed as the council decided it was time for action.In a recent example of the process, one Budleigh dog owner was fined retrospectively after a member of the public spotted an offence - and noted the owner's car number plate. Dog wardens tracked the vehicle and later fined the dog owner.A ban on dogs at The Green was recently proposed by Cllr Caz Sismore-Hunt, but the scheme was not ratified. She welcomed some form of action, saying: "I welcome anything that will make irresponsible dog owners more responsible."l What do readers think about the scheme?

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