Fouling in Public Areas

It is every owner’s moral duty and also their legal responsibility to clean up after their dog.

Owning a dog is not always a pleasant task but cleaning up after your pet is your responsibility .It is estimated that each day millions of dogs produce an estimated thousand tonnes of mess. Can you imagine what our public areas would look like if you do not clean up after pets. There are those that don’t and it is down to us as responsible owners to politely point out to them the law to enable us to walk our pets more freely.

Fouling is causing a problem every where in parks, beaches and the countryside non dog owners complain constantly and lobby against pet owners, even the responsible ones. Local authorities do supply bins for use in a lot of areas. If there is not one near you then contact your local council and ask for one to be installed and an awareness program to be installed in your area. Get together with fellow responsible owners and make the other selfish owners be aware of what is going on and what could happen to your walking area if they do not comply with the law. If pet owners do not clean up their acts then more bans will be enforced as to where you can walk your pets. There is nothing worse than visiting a park, countryside, picnic areas, parks and finding it covered in dog mess. Sadly the law and local authorities do not distinguish between good and bad pet owners and every one ends up with these bans being imposed on them and your local walk could be the next one to face the ban.

Where ever you go clean up after your pet.

The Clean Neighbourhoods & Environment Act 2005

This act is applies to local authority designated land which may include roads, parks and other public areas within the local authority’s boundaries. In fact, they can designate any land which is open to the air and to which the public are entitled or permitted to have access
Any Local authority has the power to introduce and enforce dog fouling byelaws under which a person in charge of a dog can be heavily fined for allowing dogs to foul in a public place. An offence is committed if a person in charge of a dog fails to clean up its faeces. It is no defence to claim ignorance of the dog’s actions, the law, or not to have a device available to remove the faeces. This can result in a prosecution and fine of up to £1000