Richmondshire pet owners are being urged to pick up after their pets and where possible take the waste home.
With the prospect of possible reduced collections of dog waste bins as a result of the coronavirus epidemic, and the associated redeployment of staff, the council is keen not to see bins overflowing and waste not picked up.
“As everyone is being urged to get out for their daily exercise we are seeing an increase in dog walkers in the district’s urban areas,” said Colin Dales, corporate director.
“We urge dog walkers to clean up after their pets and take the waste home if their local bin is full.
“We are still be patrolling our open spaces and warn those caught not picking up that a fine could follow.”