VISITORS TO cemeteries in a Yorkshire city are being urged to report dog owners who fail to clear up after their pet after reports of fouling on and around graves.
Bradford Council wardens are to step up patrols, particularly in North Bierley Cemetery, after an increase in complaints about dog mess, some even left on gravestones.
People who allow their dogs to foul are being warned that they face an £80 fixed penalty notice or prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000, along with a criminal record.
Aswell as increasing its patrols Bradford Council is also asking visitors to help by being more vigilant as fixed penalty notices can be served on offenders based on evidence provided by a reliable witness.
Coun Richard Dunbar, Bradford Council executive assistant for environment, sport and sustainability, said he had been angered by the recent increase in incidents of dog fouling.
He said: “The district’s cemeteries and crematoria are places for people to go and remember their loved ones.”
“It is absolutely deplorable and extremely disrespectful for dog owners to allow their pets to foul on graves, or to allow them to foul anywhere else without cleaning it up afterwards.”
Council cemeteries are subject to dog control orders which require dogs to be kept on a lead at all times and owners are required to clean up if their dog has fouled.”
Bradford Council’s Neighbourhoods and Customer services are promoting the Green Dog Walkers’ scheme and will leaflet local residents with information with regards to reporting dog fouling.
And new signs warning residents about the fixed penalty notices for offenders will be added to the entrances of North Bierley Cemetery in the coming weeks.
Coun Dunbar added: “It’s unfortunate that a few irresponsible dog owners breaking the law give responsible dog owners a bad name.
“As always, I am thankful to the owners who do clean up after their dogs and ensure they are kept under control in a public place.”
People can report any instances of dog fouling, not just those in cemeteries, to the council by calling 01274 431000.