Topsham dog owners warned

DOG owners are being warned to clean up mess created by their pets or they will be given a fine.

Richard Shelton, police community support officer for Topsham, has received a number of complaints from residents about people who allow their pets to foul on pavements and grassed areas and fail to clear it afterwards.

PCSO Shelton said he had noticed the problem appeared to have worsened recently while he was out on foot patrol.

He saw a flurry of areas around Topsham and Countess Wear that were badly affected.

“Exeter City Council have already distributed posters and flyers showing the serious health risks that toxocara – contained in the faeces of unwormed dogs - could pose to someone if allowed to get into the bloodstream,” he said.

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PCSO Shelton is asking dog owners to act responsibly otherwise they will be issued with a fixed penalty notice.

He added: “The majority of dog owners area already do this but a minority don’t and it is those who will receive a fine if caught.”

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Extra police foot patrols are planned in an attempt to monitor the problem.

Meanwhile, PCSO Shelton held two street briefings outside Matthews Hall last month.

Many residents stopped to have a chat and raise several issues including parking and speeding.

He updated them with the recent news that Devon Highways are providing three flashing speed warning indicator signs and are also making changes to parking in Elm Grove Road.

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