Dog fouling left by irresponsible dog owners in not only anti-social but it is also a potential health risk linked with toxocara canis. Contact with infected dog fouling can cause stomach upsets, sore throats, asthma and in rarecases blindness. Eggs remain active in soil for many months.
We recognise that most dog owners are responsible, but a small minority continue to cause problems showing a lack of regard for the borough in many ways including, discarding of full fouling bags on the street, on grass verges or tied to fence posts. These are all littering offences.
The Fouling of Land [Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council] Order 2014 allows a Fixed Penalty Notice of £75 to be issued against offenders who fail to remove their dogs fouling. None payment will result in prosecution and a potential maximum fine of £1000 and a criminal record. Section 87 Environmental Protection Act 1990 makes it a criminal offence to throw down, drop or otherwise deposit litter such a dog fouling bags and allows a FPN of £75 to be issued.
How do we deal with Fouling Complaints?
An external contractor undertakes patrols throughout the day, evenings and at weekends to identify offenders. The council has delegated powers to Police Community Support Officers, Community Park Wardens and Coast and Countryside Rangers who can now all issue FPN's.
Environmental Enforcement Officers will investigate fouling complaints when sufficient information has been provided to identify the offender and issue a FPN. As resources allow Cleansing Services will remove dog fouling during street sweeping operations.
BAG IT! BIN IT!
- Always carry sufficient number of bags with you
- Always remove your dog’s fouling by placing it in the nearest bin or taking it home
- Do not discard any fouling bags
- Respect communities where you walk your dog and encourage fellow dog walkers to be responsible
- Never let you dog stray from your sight or home
- Report any offender to the council