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Dog Fouling

If your dog fouls in a public area it is your responsibility to ensure the mess is picked up & properly disposed of.

Dog Fouling (Poo)

Dog Fouling is one of the top anti social problems nationwide. Dog mess is unsightly, unpleasant & can spread disease, or in extreme cases, cause blindness.

If you do not ensure dog mess is picked up & properly disposed of a £80- £1000 Penalty may be payable.

Here are some tips on how to avoid a fine and how not to annoy other amenity users.

  • Never let your dog walk too far from you as this makes it difficult to see where they foul
  • Dogs will usually foul soon after being let off the lead or out of the car/at the start of a walk so be ready
  • Pay attention at all times to what your dog is doing, don't let a mobile phone distract you
  • Always carry 'poo' bags & a torch for dark evenings
  • Dispose of bags in a dog or litter bin, or take it home to dispose of in your household bin
  • Not disposing of a 'poo' bag correctly is also a dog fouling & littering offence
  • Keep the dog to the boundaries of sports pitches if possible as even after picking up, residual deposits can be left. Many complaints are received concerning sports pitches from the players
  • ALWAYS pick up from maintained grass areas.

Under the District of South Hams Fouling of Land by Dogs Order 2013 the person in charge of a dog, whether they are the owner or not, must clean up after the dog has fouled in any area to which the Act, as adopted, applies. It is an offence not to clean up, where the Act applies, punishable by a maximum fine of £1000 or a fixed penalty of £80.

If you find dog poo in an area that could cause a health issue, please use our Tell Us Online page to report it.