DOG OWNERS have been slammed by residents for failing to pick up after their pets in Romsey.

Romsey Town Council and Test Valley Borough Council have had a number of people complain about dog fouling across the town.

Particular areas which have caused an issue are near Station Approach and Princes Road, Romsey.

One resident, who took to social media to express her anger, said: "Why is it that some not all dog owners think its ok to let their dogs foul the grass verges and pavements in Romsey.

"We counted five lots in Princes Road and we had some on the grass outside our kitchen window.

"Please clean up after your dog."

Mark Edgerley, Romsey Town Centre Manager, said: "I believe that most dog owners understand that it is their responsibility to clear up after their dogs, not only is it illegal to not clear up after your dog, it is extremely unpleasant for others that might use that same space.

"It is unfortunate that a minority of dog owners seem prepared to risk fines for not clearing their dogs faeces, if these people can be identified TVBC Animal Welfare Officer will visit those persons to explain the law.

"Anybody with information that might identify offending dog owners should contact the Animal Welfare Officer at TVBC Andover Office."

Housing and environmental health portfolio holder, councillor Phil Bundy, said: “We take the issue of dog fouling very seriously and would encourage anyone who sees something to report it to the council.

"We are aware that there is currently an issue around Station Road, Romsey and have already been actively speaking to residents.

“Our animal welfare officer has also sent letters to those around the area to encourage them to check if they have any dashcam, CCTV or mobile phone footage that may help our investigation.

"Dog fouling is an offence and something that residents should not have to put up with. Anyone with information can speak to our environmental health team in complete confidence via 01794 527700 or 01264 368000."

This comes as last year, town bosses in Romsey warned that dog owners who fail to clean up after their pets in public will be fined.