Rangers remind residents to clean up after four-legged friends this winter
Dog owners are being warned that dark nights and chilly weather are not an excuse to not clear up after their pets - and failing to do so could risk a very un-festive fine.
Nationally winter evenings bring with them an increase in mess in streets and parks as negligent dog owners use the darkness to dodge clearing up canine doings.
But Great Yarmouth Borough Council's Environmental Rangers want to remind people that the borough is covered by a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) which includes a borough-wide offence of dog fouling on any land to which the public have access.
Anyone caught failing to clear up after their canine friends risks a fine of up to £1,000 - in addition to making the area less enjoyable for friends and neighbours.
The Environmental Rangers are responsible for investigating reported incidents, following up on tip-offs and appealing for information to help target those who blight the environment with dog fouling.
As well as carrying out targeted work in problem areas, the Rangers also carry out educational and awareness measures, such as community education.
Cllr Paul Wells, chairman of the Environment committee, said: "Most dog owners are responsible and do clean up after their pets - they know it is the right thing to do, even though it is not the most pleasant task, especially on a cold dark night. They understand that they have a responsibility to their neighbors and wider society.
"For the selfish few that give the majority a bad name, our Rangers will enforce the law wherever possible and to the fullest extent available to us. There should be no excusing this behaviour."
Anyone who witnesses a dog fouling offence in the borough can report it to Environmental Health on 01493 846478 or firstname.lastname@example.org or via the Love Clean Streets app.
Evidence that can help the Rangers take action includes photographs, a description of the dog and person walking it, the location, date, and time of the incident.