DOG fouling fines are paying off for pets in a council charity initiative.
Northumberland County Council has adopted a zero-tolerance approach to dog fouling in the past 12 months, leading to an upsurge in enforcement activity.
Last year a total of 74 fines were issued for dog control offences, including owners failing to clean up after their pets.
And now the money has been put to a good cause by funding the council’s 2014 dog rescue calendar.
The calendar printing has been organised through the authority’s Public Protection department and all proceeds will go to five dog charities in the county.
Deputy Council Leader and Policy Board Member for Public Protection Dave Ledger said: “Dog fouling is a blight on our environment and it’s good to know that our increased enforcement success will not only be protecting Northumberland’s environment, but also supporting so many good causes.”
Head of Public Protection Victoria Barrington added: “The calendar features dogs rescued due to the excellent work of the animal welfare officers from the Public Protection Service.
“Many of these dogs were found in a terrible condition and the calendar shows them happy and well after they have received the loving care they needed.”
The county’s local services group has made tackling dog fouling and other environmental crime a top priority and is increasing the number of frontline staff able to issue fixed penalty notices.
Dog fouling hot spots are being identified and targeted for enforcement year-round to ensure the small minority of dog walkers who break the law are caught.
The dog calendars are available for a minimum donation of £3.99 from council information centres, or by calling 0845 600 6400. To report dog fouling problems call the same number or email firstname.lastname@example.org