Dog wardens tweeting to Bay pet owners
TORBAY dog wardens are busy tweeting to welcome in the summer.
Many people will be visiting Torbay's beaches and, for some, a trip to the beach wouldn't be the same without their dog.
This summer, Torbay Council is reminding all dog owners to respect other beach users and to pick up after their pooch.
Dog owners are also reminded that bagged mess can be disposed of in a red doggy bin or any other standard public litter bin in Torbay.
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A list of dog-friendly beaches in Torbay can be found in the beaches section of the council website at www.torbay.gov.uk/dogsonthebeach and these pages also show those beaches that are prohibited to dogs during the summer months.
Torbay Council's dog wardens work with residents all year round to try and catch the minority of irresponsible dog owners who choose to flout the rules by failing to pick up after their dog.
The dog wardens can frequently be found patrolling the beaches and parks across Torbay.
As well as issuing fixed-penalty notices to those who fail to pick up, the dog wardens deal with reports of stray dogs, giving advice to residents, supporting the police with any dangerous dog reports, issuing fixed-penalty notices to those caught littering in Torbay and preparing case files for prosecution at court.
To help Torbay's dog wardens in the fight against fouling, residents are reminded not to approach offenders directly but to report them to Torbay Council on 01803 208025.
The information of most help to the dog wardens includes a description of the dog and their owner, the date, time and location where the offence was witnessed and a vehicle registration of the dog owner, if available.
To help keep residents informed about the work of the dog wardens, they can now be followed on Twitter — sign up to https://twitter.com and follow @torbaydogwarden.
Cllr Alison Hernandez, Torbay Council's executive lead for involved and healthy communities, is a keen tweeter herself and feels that social media is an ideal way to communicate information quickly and effectively to as many local residents as possible.
She said: "Several teams within Torbay Council are taking advantage of Twitter as a means of communicating with residents.
"A minority of dog owners cause dog fouling on our beaches, in our parks and on our streets.
"The dog wardens work with responsible and considerate residents to catch those who are irresponsible.
"I'm pleased that residents in Torbay who wish to support the dog wardens, keep informed as to what they've been doing and find out about some of their more light-hearted anecdotes now have the opportunity to follow them on Twitter."