The council is consulting on controls over dogs. The draft scheme specifies where dogs must be on a lead , areas dogs are not allowed, out of control dogs, picking up dog mess and number of dogs per dog walker.
Lots of people complain about dog mess in West Norwood . Maybe we have more dogs than other parts of the borough but we certainly have quite a few irresponsible dog owners who fail to pick up after their dog. Your local Labour councillors are getting ‘no dog fouling’ signs put up in problem areas. Do let us know where you would like to see these signs,.
Our local RSPCA is doing important work in getting dogs identity ‘chipped’ and encouraging responsible dog-ownership. The council encourages responsible ownership with educational campaigns and promotions including the free ‘poop-a-scoops’ to dog owners across the borough. Streetsweepers are responsible for clearing up dog mess from the pavements on a day to day basis. Any street sweeping problems can be reported to 020 7926 9000.
The council has set up BARK (Borough Action for Responsible K9s), a multi agency team to encourage responsible dog ownership and tackle problems caused by irresponsible dog ownership and the mistreatment of dogs in Lambeth.
Unfortunately it is not always easy to identify the culprits so last October, council staff started joint patrols with the local police. They have issued fixed penalty fines of £75 to dog owners they observed allowing their dogs to foul pavements and parks. These patrols are intelligence led and the locations chosen for patrols depend on the public reporting problems areas to Streetscene on 020 7926 9000 or Streetscene@lambeth.gov.uk.
The RSPCA shop in West Norwood microchipped 124 animals in one session on Sunday 11th October . So many people turned up with their dogs and cats that there were queues down the road.
RSPCA branch spokesman David Mawson said: “We are delighted that so many people turned up with their animals to be microchipped. But it is not just microchipping – we were giving away flea treatments, worm treatments, dog leads and collars and neutering vouchers and general welfare advice. We have microchipped more than 2,000 animals so far this year.”
The next microchipping clinic is on Sunday 6 December from 12pm to 4pm at 380 Norwood Road, West Norwood, London SE27 9AA – opposite Tesco.