Dog Fouling

The problemSay No to Dog Fouling

Have you ever stepped in dog faeces? If the answer is yes, you will probably agree that it is smelly and very difficult to remove from shoes. Dog faeces are not only unpleasant but are also potentially harmful.

In health terms, dog faeces can contain a parasitic worm called Toxocara, which if transferred to humans can cause an illness called Toxocariasis.

Toxocariasis can take an ocular form which means that the worm larva becomes trapped in the eye which can cause visual impairment and possible blindness.

It is thought that young children are at a higher risk of developing Toxocariasis, as they are more likely to come into contact with soil or sand that contains faeces (for example when they are playing in a park or on a beach). Cases of Toxocariasis have also been found in sportspeople where dog faeces have been left on recreational play areas and sports pitches.

The message
Most dog owners are very responsible and do pick up after their pets, but a small group of people choose to ignore the rules. Dog owners are encouraged to bag their dogs mess and get rid of it safely and for those that continue to ignore the rules, a Fixed Penalty Notice may be issued by a Dog Warden, a Community Protection Officer(CPO) or a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO).

A Fixed Penalty Notice is a ticket which means that the person receiving it has to pay a charge. If the person refuses to pay the charge they can be taken to court and the court may then decide to make them pay even more money or prosecute them.

Often dog fouling is caused by people not watching their dog and not realising that it has fouled. If you own a dog you are responsible for it, whether it's on or off the lead. Be aware of where your dog is and what its doing at all times.

Remember that dogs don't get fined for fouling but owners can get fined for not picking it up and getting rid of it properly.

Bag it, bin it or pay the price!
There is a Fixed Penalty Notice charge for dog fouling in Redcar and Cleveland Borough.

Those dog owners that bag the mess but don't bin it (for example they dispose of the bag in a hedge, a tree or a garden) are littering and can still be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice.

The penalty is an £80 fine from Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council - £60 if paid within 10 days.

Taking a stand
In direct response to complaints from the community, earlier in 2010 a decision was taken to launch a trial campaign in East Cleveland to tackle dog fouling in Redcar and Cleveland. The campaign is planned to tackle dog fouling in East Cleveland.

The aim of the campaign is to reduce the amount of dog faeces in public spaces, within East Cleveland. The campaign objectives are:

  • To increase awareness of the issues associated with dog fouling.
  • To increase awareness of the penalties associated with dog fouling.
  • To highlight that public litter bins can be used to dispose of bagged dog faeces.
  • To increase the number of intelligent dog fouling reports received by the council.
  • To reduce the number of complaints received by the council with regard to dog fouling in the Borough.
Get involved
You can help to take a stand against dog fouling in Redcar and Cleveland by reporting offences to the councils Community Protection Team.
When reporting an offence of dog fouling to Community Protection, think about the following:
  • Do you know of a dog owner who never or hardly ever picks up after their pet?
  • Do they usually walk the dog at a certain time during the day?
  • What times are the offences being committed?
  • Where are the offences being committed?
  • What does the dog look like?
  • What does the owner look like?
  • If the dog owner is using a car, what is the number on the registration plate?
Dog fouling can be tackled by the whole community working together. Some dog owners think that they can get away with not picking up after their pet if a Dog Warden is not around, but as more and more people come forward to report dog fouling offences, irresponsible dog owners may start to think twice about their actions.

Report it!
If you would like to report a dog fouling offender, contact the Community Protection Team with as many details as possible either by telephone or email.

Remember that the more information you can give, the greater chance there is of offenders being caught.

Top tips
Top tips for being dog savvy are:
  • Where possible dispose of dog faeces in a designated dog waste bin.
  • If you cant find a dog bin, bag your pets faeces and take it home for disposal.
  • If no other option is available pick up any mess and seal it well using a bag which can then be carefully placed in a standard public litter bin.
  • Love dogs? Hate dog fouling? If you know of someone who persistently fails to pick up after their pet, report them in confidence using the Dog Fouling Reporting Form
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