Nearly 4000 complaints have been made to Nottingham City Council about dog dirt in the last four years alone, it has been revealed.
The number of people reporting irresponsible dog owners has trebled since 2010, while the council say that it is spending around £240,000 a year cleaning up dog mess.
The authority now say that anyone found to be not picking up their dog’s mess will be prosecuted.
Councillor Nicola Heaton, Nottingham City Council’s portfolio holder for community services, said that the authority see dog fouling as a really big problem.
She added: “We don’t want people to live in neighbourhoods where other people allow their dogs to foul all over the street.
“It gets in the way of kids, people end up treading in it and it’s generally not very nice.
“Obviously it is also a financial cost to the council, we both try and prevent people letting their dogs make a mess of the streets, but we also fine them and clear up after them if they do so.”
Councillor Nicola Heaton, Nottingham City Council’s portfolio holder for community services talks about how much dog fouling costs the authority.
Also speaking about the high number of dog dirt in the city, local resident Simon Disney said that it is a health hazard.
He added: “You get kids coming up and down, it’s a health hazard, but what can you say? Basically, if you have a dog, pick the mess up.
“What they want is CCTV and lighting, then they will be able to catch the culprits, it’s a matter of following them on CCTV.”