As people stay closer to home as a result of the pandemic, local footpaths are being used increasingly by residents for their daily exercise. Those same footpaths are also used by dog walkers, most of whom are kind enough to pick up after their dogs, thus ensuring that paths and fields remain poo-free.
Unfortunately, some owners do not obey the rules and the Parish Council has noted a significant increase in dog-fouling reports. Some owners allow their dogs to foul the footway, others have been seen sending them to foul farmers' fields, while yet others go to the trouble of bagging the waste and then throw it into woodland or adjacent fields. On behalf of the whole North Stainley community, the Parish Council appeals to the irresponsible few to mend their ways and pick up after their dogs thus making local paths safer and more pleasant for everyone.
The leaflet below is a reminder to dog owners of their legal responsibilities: