IRRESPONSIBLE dog owners have been slammed for allowing their dogs to foul on graves at Marlborough Road Cemetery in Ilfracombe.
North Devon Council, which has received several reports of dog mess being found on graves at the cemetery, says dogs are often let off their leads in the area despite owners being asked to keep them under control.
Ilfracombe district councillor Philip Webb said it was unacceptable.
He said: “Over the last few months we’ve put up extra signs, asking owners to keep their dogs on leads and to clean up after their pets.
“We’ve even handed out leaflets to walkers highlighting the issue of dog fouling at the cemetery.
“However, despite this, the problem of dogs running free and fouling still exists, which is always unacceptable, but even more so when people come across mess whilst tending to their relatives' graves.”
North Devon Council said an Ilfracombe man was issued with a fixed penalty notice last week for failing to clean up after his dog in the cemetery.
Fixed penalties are set at £75, which are reduced to £60 if paid within 14 days.
If a fine isn’t paid, the owner can be taken to court and prosecuted, which can lead to a maximum fine of £1,000 plus costs.
To report a dog fouling offence, witnesses can phone 01271 388870, email firstname.lastname@example.org or speak to us in person at the Ilfracombe Centre.