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Dog fouling – not just dirty but dangerous

Published on Tuesday, 26th February 2019

Dog mess is one of the most unacceptable and offensive types of litter on our streets.

Research tells us that dog fouling is the issue the public are most concerned about and the Council continues to receive complaints about it throughout the year.

Dog fouling is not only deeply unpleasant, it is 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. While most dog owners are caring, responsible individuals, there are still some people who do not clean up after their pets. 

In line with the Dog Control Public Space Protection Order (PSPO)  which came into effect in 2017, owners are required to pick up dog waste, keep them on leads in certain places and out of certain sensitive areas. Anyone who fails to clear up after their dog can be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice of up to £100. Owners who do not pay the fixed penalty fine could face a prosecution resulting in a criminal record, a fine of up to £1000 and having to cover the Council’s legal costs.

The law states that being unaware a dog has fouled or not having a suitable bag is not a reasonable excuse.  Whilst we do provide dedicated dog-fouling bins, any public bin can be used to take pet’s mess.

With the recent appointment of two Environmental Enforcement Officers patrolling in and around Nuneaton and Bedworth issuing Fixed Penalty Notices to enforce the PSPO, the Council intend to crack down on dog fouling incidents.

Cllr Neil Phillips, Cabinet Member for Planning & Development said:

“We are aware that most dog owners are considerate and do clean up after their pets, however we still receive complaints about dog fouling and really wish for these incidents to be eradicated. There is no excuse for dog owners not to clean up and this type of litter not only makes our town unsightly it also poses some serious health risks.”

Full details of the Council’s Dog Control Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) can be found on our website here.

To report an incident of dog fouling-  Click here or call 024 7637 6376