By Tom Swain
Dog fouling is “an enormous problem” in North Leeds, according to councillors as a consultation is launched on making amendments to existing Dog Control Orders.
Rawdon and Guiseley have both been identified as problem areas.
Coun Mark Dobson said: “I’d encourage everyone to get involved and have their say during the consultation.”
Richard Thompson, 47, from Horsforth, said: “It disgusts me. People should see it as a common courtesy to pick up after their dogs.”
But not everyone agrees. Arthur Baker, 87, Scotland Lane, also from Horsforth, said: “I’m not really aware that there’s such a concern really, I haven’t really noticed dog muck around the parks locally.”
Dog fouling poses serious health and safety risks, and those who fail to clean up after their dog are subject to a £75 fixed penalty fine.
According to council figures, 89 people have been issued with a fixed penalty in the last year.
The consultation is also looking at ways of minimising risk of accidents involving dogs, and ways of dealing with lost and stray dogs.
The Public Consultation period will run until April 20, and local residents are urged to complete an online questionnaire on Dog Control Orders.