We are receiving a high number of complaints, regarding dog owners not picking up after their dog has fouled. Sadly, on the footpaths and grass verges. Dog fouling is not only deeply unpleasant, but also dangerous. Whilst rare, contact with dog excrement can cause toxocariasis – a nasty infection that can lead to dizziness, nausea, asthma and even blindness or seizures.
It is also unpleasant for the Parish Environmental Team when their machines become contaminated with the waste and it exposes them to the risks above.
While most dog owners are caring, responsible individuals, there are still some people who do not clean up after their pets.
Anyone who fails to clear up after their dog can be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice of up to £100. If the case goes to court this could cost the owner or person in charge of the animal up to £1,000.
The law states that being unaware a dog has fouled or not having a suitable bag is not a reasonable excuse.
There are many areas within the Parish where this matter is a concern and is now under surveillance.
Please, let us be respectful to all.