Mobile CCTV units are being used in the fight against irresponsible dog owners who allow their pets to foul parks and footpaths.
The mobile unit has already been used in Kirkcaldy at Seafield Beach, Ravenscraig Park, Beveridge Park and High Street.
Elaine Devine, service manager for enforcement and commercial operations, said: “We recently used the mobile CCTV unit in Kirkcaldy and in just one day we issued 14 fixed penalty notices for dog fouling and littering.
“Just to clarify, our aim here is not to issue large numbers of fixed penalty notices, but it is to let people know that dog fouling is not acceptable and must be stopped.”
The Council is encouraging all dog walkers to ‘Grab it, Bag it and Bin it’. As long as dog waste is bagged it can go in any bin. People are also being asked to report instances of dog fouling on 03451 55 00 22.
The Council can serve fixed penalty notices based on the evidence provided by a reliable witness – the offence does not need to be witnessed by a council officer.
Even if a witness is not willing to give a statement, information that helps the Council to identify an offender and the best time to catch them walking their dog can be useful.
Councillor Pat Callaghan, executive spokesman for environment, said: “Dog fouling is blighting our communities and is passing on disease to our children. The Council is taking this action to raise awareness of the problem and to encourage dog walkers to take a little bit extra care.
“If you get caught not clearing up after your dog, you could receive a £40 fine.
“Everyone can help, by reporting instances of dog fouling – information that helps us to identify an offender and the best time to catch them walking their dog, would be very useful.
“If we all do our bit, we can clean up Fife.”