Dog owners are being warned about the dangers of taking their pets for walks on the fells in Cumbria in hot weather.
Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team say they were called to an incident last weekend in which two dogs died because of hot conditions in the Lake District.
They are urging people to consider how capable their pets are, and not to take them too far in warm conditions.
This was not a case of deliberate cruelty but certainly a serious error of judgement on the part of the family involved who were obviously distressed themselves by the outcome. I have two Border Collies, born and bred in this valley and I won't take them high or far in this weather because I know their limitations, but a loyal dog will follow its owner anywhere. Having a dog is not matter of ownership it's a relationship and people should be aware of what their pets are or are not capable of.
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Scottish Borders Council has brought in a private firm to help tackle dog fouling.
Today, councillors agreed to a one-year pilot scheme, which is believed to be the first time a Scottish council and private company have teamed up on the issue of dog fouling.
The contractor will appoint two enforcement officers who will not only be able to issue tickets for dog fouling, but also littering.
They will target known problem areas across the region.
Alongside enforcement, the officers will also fulfil an education role.
The pilot project is expected to start within two months, coinciding with the fixed penalty for dog fouling doubling to £80 on 1 April.
The one year pilot will be reviewed regularly to understand its impact, before a longer term solution is recommended.
SBC’s Executive Member for Environmental Services, Councillor David Paterson, said: “I am delighted Councillors have supported this new strategy to promote responsible dog ownership, and tackle dog fouling.
“Dog fouling is a disgusting health hazard and the public will be encouraged to get involved and support this new approach.
“With enforcement officers soon in place, those who let their dog foul or litter should be aware they risk being fined £80 or even ending up in court."
The penalty for dog fouling will be doubled from £40 to £80 in Scotland.
The increase, which will be in place from April 1 2016, has been supported by the Scottish Borders Council.
The timing of the increased fine fits in well with the Council’s new dog fouling strategy, which is currently being finalised and is expected to include enforcement as well as education."
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