PET owners are making a mess of a North Cornwall beach and have been warned they will be fined if they are caught dumping dog waste bags in the area.
Cornwall Council has recently received complaints from the public about dog waste bags being left at Constantine Bay beach near Padstow, where there have been reports of bags left hanging on lifeguard stations and fences.
Those responsible for such antisocial behaviour can be issued with an £80 fine for littering.
Local authority staff undertake patrols across Cornwall and anyone seen not picking up after their dog has fouled or littering by not properly disposing of the bagged waste, will be issued with a fixed penalty notice, Cornwall Council said.
All officers within the council's community and environmental protection teams are authorised to serve fixed penalty notices, as are police officers, police community support officers and some town and parish council officers.
Cornwall Council's senior environmental health officer, Kevin Brader said: "We are receiving reports that while dog-owners are picking up after their pets, they are then leaving the bags and not disposing of them either by taking them home or holding on to them and putting them in a bin. It is important that once the mess has been collected that it is disposed of in an appropriate waste bin.
"Dog poo bags can be put in standard litter bins as well as dog waste bins. Dog poo left in bags in the environment, as well as being unsightly, affect Cornwall's beaches, countryside and other open spaces,'' said Mr Brader.
Members of the public are asked to report offenders who do not pick up after their dogs. They can do so via the Cornwall Council website by clicking on the 'report it' link on the home page at www.cornwall.gov..uk; via the council's Facebook page by clicking on the Report It button, or by calling 0300 1234 212.
If a member of the public provides sufficient information to proceed then a fixed penalty notice can be issued retrospectively.
"Cornwall Council would like to urge all responsible dog-owners and non-dog-owners to assist in tackling this antisocial behaviour,'' said Mr Brader.