Daventry District Council Public Spaces Protection Order – Dog Fouling

There are approximately 8.5 million dogs in Britain depositing a vast amount of dog excrement. Daventry District Council receives a substantial number of complaints about dog fouling from members of the public. Some of the questions asked are as follows:-

IS DOG MESS A HEALTH HAZARD?

Apart from the legal consequences of dog fouling, there are health implications too.

Dog faeces can contain the eggs of the roundworm ‘Toxocara’ canis . These eggs can lie dormant in the soil for up to three years. If they are ingested by humans, infection can cause a wide range of symptoms from aches and pains to bronchial conditions. In very rare cases eyesight can be damaged. Young children are most at risk as they are more likely to come into contact with infected ground and then put their fingers in their mouth.

Dog waste is also a potential health risk to farmers’ livestock if you allow your dog to foul in their fields.

DO I HAVE TO CLEAN UP AFTER MY DOG?

The Daventry District Council Public Spaces Protection Orders makes it an offence if you do not remove any poo deposited by your dog. This removal must be done without delay.

The Order made under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 applies to all public, open land in the District whether or not warning signs are displayed. The PSPO also requires dog walkers to carry the means to pick up dog poo whilst on a walk.

Any breach of the Order could result in a £100 fixed penalty notice being issued or being taken to court and receiving a fine on conviction of up to £1000.

WHAT IF I FORGET TO TAKE A BAG WITH ME?

This is no defence. The PSPO requires dog walkers to carry the means to pick up dog poo whilst on a walk. Cleaning up after your dog is an essential part of your responsibility as a dog owner.

WHAT CAN I USE TO CLEAN UP AFTER MY DOG?

There are many commercial ‘poop scoops’ available from pet shops. However, a plastic bag, eg, a supermarket carrier bag or nappy disposal bag used in conjunction with something absorbent such as kitchen towel or newspaper will do the job admirably at virtually no cost.

WHERE CAN I DISPOSE OF USED POOP SCOOPS?

Some areas will have Dog Waste bins provided, if there are none it is acceptable for a properly sealed bag or scoop to be deposited in a normal street litter bin. If there are no litter bins provided in the area then please take it home and dispose of it in your black domestic bin. Do not dump the bag in a hedge or elsewhere as this is littering which also carries a penalty.

I AM FED UP WITH THE DOG MESS IN MY AREA. IS THERE ANYTHING I CAN DO?

As a member of the public, you can provide important information to Daventry District Council to assist us in issuing a Fixed Penalty Fine.

If you have any information relating to someone failing to clean up after their dog, then you should contact the Council on 01327 871100.