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Technology joins fight against dog mess

Tuesday 10th March 2015

THE fight against irresponsible dog owners has taken a step forward thanks to new technology. Residents can now use an online map to pinpoint where there is a problem in their area, including problems with dog fouling. This will identify hot spots and allow council officers to increase patrols in the area.

Maidstone Council operations manager Martyn Jeynes said: “The Dog Watch campaign raises the profile of the problem in the area, asking residents to come forward with any information to help catch the culprits, and making sure that irresponsible dog owners know there are consequences for their actions.”

 Residents in areas where Dog Watch has been started may also notice signs on the ground using temporary paint reminding dog owners that there is a maximum £1,000 fine for dog fouling.

The system has already highlighted an issue in Shepway South ward, leading to increased patrols in the area. More information can be found on the Facebook page RK9 – Responsible Canine Ownership.

Anyone with information to report to the council should call 01622 602202.