Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,

Can you tell me what evidence a dog fouling enforcement officer needs to issue a fixed penalty notice, particularly, do they need video evidence of the dog fouling or just their word and a photo of alleged dog mess as if this is the latter, how can an owner be sure their dog is culprit

Yours faithfully,
Sue

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Ms Myhan

Further to your Freedom of Information enquiry below, please be advised that if an authorised dog fouling enforcement officer witnesses a dog defecate on designated land and the person that is in charge of the dog at the time fails to remove the faeces from the land forthwith, then this is sufficient evidence that an offence has been committed for the officer to issue a fixed penalty notice.

Yours sincerely

Lynette Paterson
Senior Information Management Officer
Business Services - Digital

Treasury Building
Argyle Street
Birkenhead
Wirral
CH41 1AH

Tel: 0151 691 8201
[Wirral Borough Council request email]

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Dear InfoMgr, FinDMT,

Basically, the public have to rely on these enforcement officers to be honest and as a dog walker myself, I have experienced both lying and getting the wrong dog owner.

A procedure like this only gives enforcement officers a power that is open to abuse, because it is obvious that all an officer needs to do it see a dog mess, take a photo and accuse the nearest dog walker, as I have seen done.
I both mine and many fellow dog walkers opinion, this evidence is not enough and a video of dog actually defacating should be used as this would prove begone doubt and the right owners would be penalised.
I have contacted my local papers and MP to raise the issue and make dog walkers aware that they are at risk of a ticket even if they are innocent.
Also, who do I contact within the council to take this matter further

Yours sincerely,

Sue Myhan

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Mrs Myhan

 

In response to your email below, we would advise that the legislative
provisions are set by central Government, not Wirral Council.  If you have
received a fixed penalty and wish to make a representation you may contact
us at the following email address: [1][email address]

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Lynette Paterson

Senior Information Management Officer

Business Services - Digital

 

Treasury Building

Argyle Street
Birkenhead
Wirral
CH41 1AH

 

[2]Tel: 0151 691 8201

[3][Wirral Borough Council request email]

 

 

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Dear InfoMgr, FinDMT,
I have done my research and talked to a local MP, and I although I am aware of the government legislation, I also know that this legislation only gives local councils the authority to issue dog fouling penalty tickets, but it is down to each local authorityto how they set out this procedure and it is obvious to me that Wirral Council procedure on this is open to many innocent dog owners being given tickets as I have experienced due to enforcement officers either lying or jumping to wrong assumptions when a dog only urinate just because the need to hit their targets of tickets.
This procedure needs to be changed, and I would like to put in a formal complaint, can you please give me information on how I do this.
Also, there was no email on previous message for me to contact if I wish to make representation as this website deleted it

Yours sincerely,

Sue Myhan

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Ms Myhan

Further to your email below, we are advised by our Environment team that a stage 1 complaint regarding this matter was received from you on 15 February 2018. Your complaint is currently being investigated and a response will be issued before 8 March 2018.

The address provided was [email address]. If the 'whatdotheyknow' website again removes the contact email address, we would ask that you email us directly at [Wirral Borough Council request email] using an alternative contact address.

Yours sincerely

Lynette Paterson
Senior Information Management Officer
Business Services - Digital

Treasury Building
Argyle Street
Birkenhead
Wirral
CH41 1AH

Tel: 0151 691 8201
[Wirral Borough Council request email]

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