Niles Grainger, a seven year old King Charles Spaniel from Thorpe Bay, is delighted about the new rules to discourage persistent fouling.

Antisocial behaviour officers in Southend On Sea have warned local dogs today that ultimately they are responsible for any poo that is not wrapped up and disposed of responsibly, and a scheme has been launched where dogs can contact a local phone number anonymously and report any persistent offenders for a cash reward.

A source within the department spoke to a reporter from Southend News Network to explain the change in thinking within the borough. He said, ‘For too long now, we have been getting tough on the owners of dogs to ensure that any dog mess is wrapped up and taken home or placed safely in a rubbish bin, but we are repeatedly finding that our calls are falling on deaf ears. To use a well-known phrase, you can take a horse to water, but you can’t force an owner to think about other people who might step in it.’

He continued, ‘To try and combat the thousands of tonnes of dog poo that are left on Southend’s streets every day, we have decided that as the animals that are doing the pooing, each and every dog needs to start taking responsibility for their home town. Therefore, from December 1st, local antisocial behaviour officers will have the authority to issue spot fines to any dog that they see leaving a mound of mess behind them. £20 will hit most offending dogs really hard in the pocket – it is the equivalent of losing a chew toy and a 10-pack of dental sticks every week for a month. If a dog continues to offend, we will also have the option of issuing a summons for the hound to appear in the local Magistrates’ Court.’

At the same time as this announcement, a new phone service was also announced for any concerned dogs to anonymously report other canines that are persistently leaving their poo exposed in public. The phone number for ‘Bitches and Snitches’ will be announced in a few days, and cash rewards will be offered with the funding coming directly from the spot fines mentioned earlier.

Niles Grainger, a 7 year old King Charles Spaniel from Thorpe Bay, spoke to our reporter about how he is in favour of the new measures. He said, ‘You just have to walk around our local streets for ten minutes to see a number of local dog owners who simply don’t care about where their dogs are doing their business – but I agree that dogs need to start taking responsibility for their own behaviour. If these new measures improve the condition of our streets and grass areas, I would like to see it extended to cats as well. Some of our local felines are now just pretending to flick leaves and grass behind them onto their freshly laid pellets of hate.’