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Dog Mess - Clean it Up!

Tuesday, 7th October, 2014

Dog fouling is one of the most common complaints we receive on a weekly basis. Dog owners who persist in allowing dogs to foul in common areas are not overly concerned with how other residents have to endure cleaning dog excrement from their shoes. If you are a dog owner, you have a legal duty to clean up every time your dog messes in a public place. Registered blind people are not required to clean up after their guide dogs. Dog owners are advised to carry a poop scoop and disposable bags whenever they take their dogs out to a public place. Some councils offer free scoops and bags: ask your council's animal warden unit.

Legal measures to prevent dog mess are contained in the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act, which repeals Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996, allows local councils and communities to create bye-laws relating to dog mess. Visit the Council can also issue dog control orders against individual dog owners for offences including allowing a dog to foul a public space.

Councils can also issue dog control orders against individual dog owners for offences including allowing a dog to foul a public space.

Councils can issue fixed penalty orders in relation to dog control orders. Where there is no local rate, the fixed penalty is 75.

In very serious cases, magistrates can issue a maximum penalty of 1,000.




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