Dog walkers in Waverley borough were handed 44 fixed penalty notices for not picking up after their dogs or controlling their pets in public areas between 2019 and 2022.

Of these, 26 fines were handed out for dog fouling, 17 for not keeping dogs out of excluded areas, and one for not keeping a dog on a lead.

The figures were confirmed by the borough council after it launched a consultation on dog control measures as part of a review of Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs).

The PSPOs, which were implemented in 2019 and 2020 to address issues of dog fouling and control in Waverley, need to be reviewed to ensure they are still appropriate and proportionate.

Those who fail to clear up after their dogs or fail to keep their dogs under control in public areas in Waverley currently risk receiving a fixed penalty notice of £100.

A Waverley spokesperson said: “Our enforcement team have always adopted an informal enforcement approach to begin with and will only issue fixed penalty notices (FPNs) in extreme cases or where there is non-compliance with their requests.”

Of the FPNs handed out by the council, the spokesman added: “Most of these were paid and only three were pursued through the courts.”