Most dog owners are responsible and clean up after their pets, but a small number continue to cause problems. Dog fouling which is left on footpaths and playing fields is a health risk to people and can cause the infection 'Toxocariasis' which can lead to blindness.
The Fouling of Land by Dogs (District of Eden) Order 2008 designates areas of land where owners must pick up after their dogs, or face a fixed penalty ticket of £75, and possibly a fine of up to £1,000.
When you walk your dog, be sure to take poop bags or a poop scoop with you, like you would remember a lead. Please note, rain does not wash the problem away.
You can put bagged dog waste in:
- a dog waste bin;
- a litter bin (there are over 350 in Eden);
- your own blue refuse bag at home.
To tell us of a problem with a dog waste bin use the:
It is every dog owner's duty to clean up after their dog. Do not give all dog owners a bad name.
Report dog fouling
Report dog fouling, especially if you know the dog owner who is failing to pick up after their dog. If the Community Wardens have no information about the dog owners who are not picking up, they can only monitor an area. To tell us of a problem with dog fouling use the:
Request an area be cleared and cleaned of dog fouling
To tell us of a dog fouling problem where a pavement or area needs cleaning, use the: