Many complaints are received about owners who allow their animals to foul in public places. This is an offence. Anyone caught not cleaning up after their dog can be fined up to £1,000.
You can buy purpose-made 'poop-scoops' to pick up your dog's mess but a supermarket carrier bag will do just as well. Special bins are provided in many parks and road verges for disposing of the mess. Otherwise, use a litter bin or your wheelie bin at home; first making sure that the material is securely wrapped.
This law applies to almost all areas in the open air to which the public have access. Our Dog Wardens, Police Community Support Officers and others are authorised to give offenders Fixed-Penalty Notices – an on-the-spot fine.
Complaints are also received about householders who let their dogs foul their own garden, but never clean up the mess. The best way to dispose of dog mess is by using a 'dog-loo' sunk into the earth of your garden.
This allows the waste to decompose safely without causing problems. Alternatively, bury it in an area of soil set aside for the purpose. The councils can order owners to clean up their garden if it is causing a nuisance to others.
The district council is responsible for emptying the special dog bins. You can report any problems by contacting our customer services team on 01636 650000 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Local school children tell dog owners to bag it and bin it
Together with the Dog’s Trust, we have been teaching children from two local primary schools about responsible dog ownership. The education and awareness campaign teaches children the importance of picking up dog mess and how it can impact on their local community.
Children from Blidworth Oaks Primary School and St Peters Cross Keys Church of England Academy in Farndon have taken part in a poster design competition. The winning posters and runner up posters are displayed around the schools and surrounding roads to help encourage local dog owners to bag it and bin it.
The competition results were presented at special school assemblies. At Blidworth Head Teacher Mr Shaun Walker told the children that he was really pleased with the huge response to the poster competition and that he was extremely proud of the children for supporting the village. He told the children that they had done a superb job with the posters and in Farndon Year 3 teacher Mrs Sam Moyses thanked all the children for creating such wonderful posters.
The poster competition winners were Leo Docherty (10) from Blidworth Oaks Primary School and Imogen Kelly (7) from St Peters Cross Keys Church of England Academy in Farndon. Both children won a selection of arts materials.