"We operate a ZERO TOLERANCE APPROACH"
Whilst ESBC recognises that the majority of dog walkers within the Borough act responsibly and clean up after their dog, a minority of people still fail to do so and this causes problems within the area.
Dog fouling is widely considered to be the most offensive type of litter on our streets and green spaces, being both visually unpleasant and also potentially dangerous with the threat of contracting Toxicariasis a very real risk to the public, particularly the young.
Allowing a dog to foul and not picking up the mess is an offence for which we operate a zero tolerance approach. Neighbourhood Wardens are authorised to issue 'on the spot' £75 Fixed Penalty Notices to anyone caught failing to pick up their dog's mess. This may also lead to prosecution if the case goes to court.
Failing to remove dog fouling falls under the revised Dog Control Orders which were made under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 and replace the Dogs (fouling of land) Act 1996.
It is the responsibility of the person who is charge of the dog at the time the fouling occurs to pick up the mess. This is not always the dog's owner. Being unaware that the dog has fouled or not having a suitable means of removal is not deemed as an adequate defence.
Therefore ensure you always carry with you a bag to keep the dog foul in, you can use nappy bags/carrier bags etc or alternatively train your dog to foul at home in the garden. Dispose of the bag in an appropriate bin.
You can see where dogs are required to be on leads and where dogs are excluded.
You can report dog fouling online
Help us to keep your area clean and free of dog foul. You can report offenders or hotspot areas by contacting the wardens on our telephone number 01283 508526 or alternatively by e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org
Your dog Your Responsibility Leaflet