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Dogs And Dog Waste!

Parent Category: Dog Talk
Created: 04 December 2014

Don’t you just hate it when you are a responsible dog owner and always pick up your dog’s waste, when you see that someone has left theirs behind! There is no excuse for this, never mind the law, it is lazy and unsociable. What’s more it is likely to bring about blanket bans on access to all dog owners and there are few enough places to take dogs for playtime…

Here in England and Wales it is important to know that under the provisions of the “″ (as amended), relating to “any land which is open to the air and to which the public are entitled or permitted to have access (with or without payment)”, it is an offence for anyone while in charge of a dog to fail to remove dog waste.

The only exemptions are where there is a “reasonable excuse” or the owner of the land consented to the failure to remove dog waste; or where a person is registered blind or otherwise has disabilities and makes use of a trained assistance dog.

Removal includes placing it in a receptacle provided for that purpose or for the disposal of general waste.

It is no excuse to be unaware that your dog has dropped waste or that you do not have the means to remove it AND if you allow children under the age of 16 to take your dogs for a walk, you are still deemed to be in charge of the dog and clearing up after it is still your responsibility.

Owners can be subject to on the spot fines which if not specified are fixed penalties of at least £75 up to £1,000.

There is some exemption in relation agricultural land or woodland; marshland, moor or heath; and land that is part of or runs alongside a highway.

Whatever way you look at it, dog waste is unsightly, an assault on your nose, a health hazard and can be dangerous!

Apparently if someone lives in a street which is littered with dog mess, they can ask their local council to clean it up and Local Councils now have more power to tackle public dog mess under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005, which allows councils and local communities to create bye-​laws relating to dog fouling.

Apparently in the USA it is the Law in most States (with very few exceptions) that dog owners must clean up after their pets. Fines range from $20 to $10,000 and are common in every state, city and township. Apparently studies show that where a ‘dog waste system’ (bag dispensers and waste cans) is in place, compliance is greatly increased — we have seen dog waste bag dispensers in Spain but not in the UK.

DOG WASTE IS HARMFUL and refusing to pick it up is irresponsible to say the least!

Apart from being a potentially serious pollutant and contaminant of the water supply it is also a serious health issue. Apparently a lot of people slip in it too — and quite a few end up in hospital as a result!

Dogs produce a large quantity of waste and if not cleaned up, the bacteria present can not only easily spread to other dogs, it can also be spread to children playing where dog waste has been dropped… and we all know that toddlers and babies often pick up objects and put them or fingers that have touched them in their mouth or eyes.

So why not make sure you always carry waste bags, better still bio-​degradable ones and take it to a waste container or take it home!


Be Safe With Your Dogs!