A WOMAN who failed to clean up after her dog has been slapped with a £75 fine for the second time in four months.
The 35-year-old was handed the fixed penalty notice after her golden Labrador was spotted by an enforcement officer leaving mess in a car park in Western Downs last week.
The dog was unsupervised at the time and the woman, from Rugeley, did not clean up afterwards.
The borough council has received a number of complaints about dog mess in the area. The woman was previously fined £75 in June for the same offence.
The council has been overwhelmed by the response from members of the public, who have mainly been responsible dog owners.
Officers have carried out a series of dawn and evening patrols to target the trouble, after launch- ing a new clampdown earlier this year. Large ban- ners have been installed at hotspots across the bor- ough and the authority has joined forces with a pet charity to go in to schools to help spread the word about the risks dog fouling poses to health.
Councillor Frank Finlay, cabinet member for environment and health, said he was really pleased with the ongoing support from the community.
He said: “We have had tremendous backing from residents, especially from responsible dog owners, to help us clampdown on this disgusting environ- mental crime.
“If you let your dog foul on any land the public has access to and not clean up after it, then you will be caught and fined. Not only is dog fouling unpleasant but it can result in serious illness.”
Residents can email firstname.lastname@example.org to give information or call 01785 619402.