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Dogs owners fined at cemetery in Stafford

Three dog owners have been fined for letting their pets off their leads in a cemetery in Stafford.

In separate incidents the three pets were seen running around the town’s Eccleshall Road Cemetery - with one of the dogs urinating against a gravestone. 

There are a number of signs around the cemetery, including all entrances, asking people to ensure their dogs are kept on leads. 

A man and a woman, both from Stafford, were handed £75 fixed penalty notices by a Borough Council enforcement officer on Monday (10 October). And on Wednesday (12 October) a woman from Stafford was also issued with a fine. 

Councillor Frank Finlay, Cabinet Member for Environment and Health, said: “We have had people contact us because they are upset that dogs are running around the cemetery when they are trying to pay their respects to loved ones. 

“The inconsiderate minority who do not keep their dogs on the lead are being very disrespectful to those who tend the graves or just want some peace and time to reflect with a lost loved one.” 

Since 2010 it has been an offence not to keep your dog on a lead at cemeteries in Stafford Borough.

For more information on dog control orders visit www.staffordbc.gov.uk/dog-control-orders

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