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, always remember to take a bag, or poop scoop with you, like you would remember a lead. Please note, rain does not wash the problem away.
You can put wrapped dog waste in:
- a dog waste bin;
- a litter bin (there are over 350 in Eden);
- or take it home and put it in your blue household waste bag.
It is every dog owner's duty to clean up after their dog. Do not give all dog owners a bad name.
How to inform us about dog fouling
Complete the dog fouling report form, especially if you know who is responsible for failing to pick up after their dog. The community wardens need to know who is responsible for the fouling. Without this information we can only monitor an area.
Complete the online street cleaning report form to apply for the street to be cleaned and the excrement removed.