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June 22 2012.

Lewes District Council has today published a press release announcing 'Responsible Dog Owners Awareness Week'' at Newhaven's Lewes Road Recreation Ground.

The release in full reads:

Officers from Lewes District Council will be running a Responsible Dog Owners Awareness campaign tackling irresponsible dog owners who do not clear up after their dogs at Lewes Road Recreation ground. The campaign will start on the 25 June. Officers will be on hand at different times of the day to offer advice and hand out dog pooh bags to owners.

In compliance with The Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996, the law requires that dog faeces be removed immediately by the person who is responsible for the dog at the time. Failure to do this in any area that the law applies to is an offence. The maximum penalty for an offence under the law is £1,000.

Animal Control Officers at Lewes District Council are working tirelessly across the district to target irresponsible dog owners who do not pick up after their dogs.

Lewes District Council District Services currently collect approximately 150 tonnes of dog waste each year via dog waste bins, showing that the majority of dog owners are responsible.

The Animal Control Team has planned several further Dog Owners Awareness events across the District throughout the summer.

This announcement comes on the back of Lewes District Council's proposal to sell the Lewes Road Recreation Ground to a developer, and coincidentally(?) a complaint from Newhaven resident Alex Wolfson published at Haven News about the amount of dogs mess in the Recreation Ground.

Is LDC simply trying to clean it up to sell it or do they really care.....?

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