Warning to homeowners after ‘blight’ of canine fouling ‘poses well being threat’ in South Shields

The man, who refused to be named, said dog fouling in Simonside had become a “serious problem” as the area around Simonside Metro Station was regularly littered with dog poop and poop bags.

“The area is littered with dog poop,” he said.

“There are discarded dog poop bags being thrown on the sidewalk outside Lord Blyton Primary School, as well as on the Simonside Metro and in the cemetery yard.

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“/>Dog fouling is contaminating the streets of Simonside.

“It is a potential health hazard and has become a serious problem.”

He believes the South Tyneside Council should do more to address the dog fouling problem by having council guards in the area for fine owners who are not looking for their pet.

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The South Shields man’s frustration with the rubbish being repeatedly thrown on the street

The council said it takes dog fouling “very seriously” and will “always take enforcement action wherever possible”.

Councilor Ernest Gibson, senior member of area management and community safety, said: “We take this dog fouling issue very seriously.

“The chaos it creates is not only uncomfortable, it also taints our goods and poses a public health risk.

“While we appreciate that most dog owners are considerate and responsible, there is an irresponsible minority of people who cannot clean up after their dogs.

“This is a criminal offense and we will always take enforcement action wherever we can.

“We continue to urge residents to report incidents to us and remind dog owners that it is totally unacceptable to dump used dog plastic garbage bags on our streets, open spaces, or in people’s gardens or yards. These are rubbish crimes.

“Dog owners should take the bags home to dispose of in their own bins, or put them in one of the trash cans provided in public areas.

“With lots of bins and signs reminding dog owners of their responsibilities, there really is no excuse.”

Members of the public are encouraged to report incidents of dog fouling to the Council on 0191 427 7000 or online at www.southtyneside.gov.uk

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