Dog Fouling

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I have had several complaints recently about Dog Fouling in Broughton Astley.

Its simple. Pick up the dog mess and put in a bin! Some interesting reading below.

Research tells us that dog fouling is the issue the public are most concerned about.
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.

It’s no wonder dog fouling is such a problem – there are estimated to be more than 8 million dogs producing more than 1,000 tonnes of mess every day in the UK alone.

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 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.

If someone does fail to clean up after their pet, it falls to the council to get rid of it. More than 90% of councils have dog wardens.

Keep Britain Tidy has campaigned very successfully on the issue of dog fouling. In 2010, the high-profile ‘There’s no such thing as the dog poo fairy’ led to massive reductions in dog fouling in participating council areas. Some communities saw a decrease of up to 90%, while on average a reduction of 43% was recorded across the 94 participating local authorities.






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Michelle Skingsley (Police, PC, Harborough and Wigston NPA)

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