There is no such thing as a Poo Fairy
Dog mess on and around our streets, in urban parks, on countryside paths or bags hung up on trees is seen as the most unacceptable and offensive type of litter.
Although most dog owners are responsible, Keep Britain Tidy research found that 13% of dog owners admitted to leaving bagged dog poo behind on a walk.
One common argument is that there are not enough Red Dog Poo Bins on the street.
In fact, you can use any litter bin to dispose of your dog bags and if one is not available please take it home and dispose of it in your general waste bin.
In Rotherham alone we clear up approximately two tons of dog fouling each year from our streets and recreational areas. This is due to irresponsible dog owners failing to pick up after their dog.
A single dog mess can contain approximately 1 million microscopic Toxocara eggs. This can cause a potentially serious infection in humans leading to blindness.
It is the responsibility of the person in charge of the dog to clear up any dog foul left by their dog. The legislation makes it clear that being unaware that the dog has fouled, or not having a suitable means of removing the faeces is not a reasonable excuse for failing to remove the foul.
Any person failing to follow this order could receive a fixed penalty fine of £100. On summary conviction at the magistrate’s court can also receive a fine up to £1000.
If there is an area in your neighbourhood or Green Space that has a dog fouling issue, please report it by following this link.