PATROLS to prevent illegal dog fouling are being stepped up in a village near Somerton.
South Somerset District Council is urging dog owners to clean up after their pets in Keinton Mandeville.
The district council's Streetscene department is stepping up patrols in the village after concerns were raised by Keinton Mandeville Parish Council. The team's enforcement officers will be on the streets, ready to catch any offenders who fail to remove their pet's mess.
They will be handing out flyers and dog waste bags to dog walkers, and advising them that the maximum fine for failing to clear up the mess is £1,000.
Jo Roundell Greene, portfolio holder for environment and economic development, said: "We want to make it clear that failing to remove dog fouling is unacceptable and that we can issue fixed penalties for this offence.
"It is a shame that people do not make the effort to keep our wonderful towns clean.
"To leave dog mess lying around is shameful – it does not take much to carry a scoop or bag around with you."
Incidents of dog fouling can be reported to the district council by calling 01935 462462 to speak to an enforcement officer confidentially.