Keeping the streets clean
5. Dog fouling
Some dog faeces contains a parasite which, if ingested, can lead to the onset of the disease Toxocariasis in humans.
Children are more susceptible to this disease which, in the worst case scenarios, can lead to blindness.
On average, the dog warden service receives 600-700 complaints about dog fouling every year.
It is a criminal offence to not remove and dispose of dog faeces appropriately. This law applies even if a dog is out alone.
If anyone is witnessed committing a dog fouling offence, they could be liable;
- an on the spot fine of £50 or;
- a fine of up to £1000 on summary conviction.
For more information, visit the dog warden page.