Police and council wardens are out on patrol around Ripley and Heanor to combat irresponsible dog owners who do not clean up after their pets.
Amber Valley Borough Council has launched its ‘clean up or pay up’ campaign following a spate of complaints about dog fouling in the area.
Police community support officers and council wardens started patrolling parks and popular green areas throughout the borough on Monday, November 24.
Councillor John McCabe, Amber Valley Borough Council’s new cabinet member for environment said the authority is getting tough on dog mess.
He said that while community wardens will continue to play an ‘educational’ role and encourage offenders to pick up their dog’s mess, they will take a tough line on ‘blatant offending’ and will issue penalty notices.
He said: “We’re determined to adopt a hard-line with the blatant offenders who are not only spoiling the local environment for the vast majority of law-abiding people, but also causing a serious health threat too.
“It is the responsibility of the dog owner or minder to clear up any dog foul left by their dog.
If people fail to do so they can be issued with a fixed penalty notice, or if the case goes to court a fine of up to £1,000.
The authority is holding a number of community clean-ups around the area throughout this week.
Dog owners and residents are being invited to go along to one of the sessions to discuss any dog fouling issues. Staff will also be providing information leaflets and free poop scoop bags.