Dog fouling is a major issue in many different areas of the UK. Apart from the fact that dog fouling is a nuisance, it's associated with various diseases including 'toxocara canis'. Dog owners should clean up after their dog in public places - you can report dog fouling that isn't cleaned up, to your local council.
Theof the places a duty on local authorities to keep the following areas clear of dog faeces:
The, allows authorities to designate any land in their area as poop scoop areas without any requirement to provide signs or dog waste bins.
The land must be publicly accessible and open to the air; however, the following areas are not included:
The penalty for not clearing up dog fouling can be up to £1,000 if taken to court, but there is also provision for a fixed penalty scheme with a fine of £50 in England.
In England the main legislation relating to dog fouling is dealt with under the.
Exceptions to the offence are:
Under the, local authorities have the duty to keep land or any road it is responsible for, clear of litter and refuse (including dog faeces). In addition, it is an offence for the owner of a dog not to clear up after their dog if it has left faeces on publicly accessible land. The penalty is up to £500. The fixed penalty rate is £50.
Thesection 48 makes it an offence to allow a dog to foul a footpath, local authority grass verge, a local authority pedestrian precinct or any local authority maintained recreation or sports ground. The fine is up to £500.
Local authorities and parish councils (defined as primary and secondary authorities respectively) can use dog control orders to cover the five offences below:
Local authorities can still make byelaws for offences that fall outside these categories.
Land which can be subject to a dog control order
Dog control orders can be used on any land that is open to the air and which the public can use either with or without payment.
Land is treated as land "open to the air" if it is open to the air on at least one side e.g. railway platform or garage forecourt that remains open to the air at all times.
The Secretary of State has the power to designate types of land to be excluded, such as forestry commission land.
Dog control orders can still apply within areas subject to a gating order, under section 2 of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005.
Making a dog control order, an authority must:
A fixed penalty is available for contravening a dog control order. The default amount is £75, but a local authority can set the amount within a specified range. If prosecuted for the offence, a person is liable to a maximum level 3 fine of £1,000.
Please note that it is an offence for anyone to withhold or falsify their details when they are given a fixed penalty notice.
Police officers, PCSOs (where designated) and accredited persons, have the power to photograph persons away from the police station, who have been issued with a penalty notice. This greatly reduces suspects denying that they were the ones who committed the offence.
Local authorities can retain the receipts from these fixed penalty notices and use them only to help meet the cost of certain specified functions. However, certain local authorities can spend the penalty receipts on any of its functions. In the case of dog controls, specified functions are litter, dog, graffiti and fly-posting functions – these will be functions such as issuing more notices, provisions of bins, advertising, cleaning, etc.
In Scotland, most of the legislation is found in the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991. Under this Act, the owner of a dangerous dog can be fined and/or imprisoned. The local authority can also create local laws to make owners keep dogs on leads in particular areas, or to ban dogs from places like children's playgrounds.
The Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 does not apply in Scotland. There are no 'Dog Control Orders' of this type in Scotland.
The control of dogs is governed by the Dogs Order (Northern Ireland) 1983 (as amended by the Dangerous Dogs (Northern Ireland) Order 1991). Where the Local Council Dog Warden or Enforcement Officer observes a dog fouling in a public place, the owner, if identified, is liable to a fixed penalty charge of £50. Legal proceedings may also be instigated, depending upon circumstances.
District councils can, under the Local Government Act (Northern Ireland) 1972, make bye-laws requiring dogs to be under control in certain areas, for instance, requiring dogs to be leashed in parks, and also provide for penalties for fouling outside designated areas in parks. There are also provisions under the Dogs Order for dogs to be kept under control.