The problem of dog fouling is a concern throughout the district. It is not only a nuisance but also a potential danger and health threat. So make sure you have the means to clean up after your dog when you take it for a walk or risk a fixed penalty of £80. The message is Bag It and Bin It.
What are the Laws on Dog Fouling?
The Forest of Dean District Council along with town and parish councils has implemented a Dog Control Order for Dog Fouling of Land under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005. This means that any person in control of a dog must, by law, pick up any mess made by their dogs in a public place. This includes any place in the open air to which the public or any section of the public has access (for example footpaths, roads and verges, green spaces, schools, pathways and sports fields).
What Happens if I don’t Pick It Up?
If you let your dog mess without cleaning it up street wardens have the power to issue a £50 fixed penalty notice - rising to £80 if not paid within 10 days. Failure to pay the fixed penalty notice may result in prosecution with a potential fine up to £1000 if found guilty in court. And remember these fines relate to the person in control of the dog so if you are walking someone else’s dog you must clear up after it.
What Can I Do?
- Be a responsible dog owner
- Always take an adequate supply of poop scoop bags whenever you go out with a dog
- Pick up and properly dispose of your dog’s poop
- Regularly worm your dog
If you would like to pass on information to the wardens about anyone seen letting their dog foul without cleaning it up or would like more information on dog fouling contact the street wardens on 01594 810000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org