Newark and Sherwood District Council has warned dog owners to take greater responsibility for their pets. (Warning To Irresponsible Dog Owners, Advertiser, April 6).

It is yet again telling owners to pick up after their pets or risk being fined, but I wonder how many on-the-spot fines have actually been issued.
The potential £75 penalty does not seem to be much of a deterrent judging by the disgusting state of some pavements and paths.
Until they really feel they are at risk of being penalised some owners will continue to assume it’s OK for the rest of us to have to dodge their dogs’ mess. — (Mrs) S. HOWARD, Newark (Full address supplied).