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Clean up after your dog or face a fine

Our Dog Warden was out on Merrow Downs this week, talking to dog walkers and reminding everyone of the reasons to clean up after your dog.

Cllr Graham Ellwood, Lead Cllr for Licensing and Community Safety says: "We've received a number of recent reports from residents concerned about the amount of dog mess at Merrow Downs. During the school holidays there are many young families using the site and we don't want their health to be put at risk by owners who don't clean up after their dog."

Our Dog Warden, Peter Burnage, spoke to over 70 dog walkers on Tuesday 15 August, offering advice and free poop scoop bags.

Merrow Downs is an important downland site which is used by walkers, cyclists and dog walkers. As a home to many species of wildlife, including ground-nesting birds, bees and butterflies, the grass is kept long to provide the best environment for these animals.

Whilst on site, the officers sprayed dog fouling bright red to make it visible, and sprayed 'Clean it up' stencils around the car park as a subtle reminder. More than 50 pieces of dog mess were found on the paths in the area, and more was lurking in the long grass. The Dog Warden and other officers will be returning in the coming weeks and will be carrying out enforcement. Anyone who fails to clean up immediately after their dog faces a £50 penalty, or prosecution.

If you witness people failing to clean up after their dogs, please report it to Guildford Borough Council on 01483 505050.

Published on Friday 18 August.