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NHS information about Toxocara canis.
We aim to respond to all complaints as soon as possible. If the report is a new or isolated incident, the information will be used to help build up a picture of where the problem "hotspots" are.
Action can then include patrols and improved publicity in the area. Where offenders are identified informal letters or formal action can be taken. A statement may be requested to support any evidence.
Offences that are witnessed result in legal action - this may be a fixed penalty notice and/or prosecution.
We have joined forces with the Police who will provide us with intelligence about dog fouling - together we will take action against irresponsible dog owners.
We will also use temporary spray signs on the footpath - we know that they do reduce the amount fouling in an immediate area, by reminding dog owners of their responsibilities.
It is an offence for a dog owner not to clean up immediately after their dog in public places such as roads, estates, footpaths and parks. Failure to clean up can result in a £50 fixed penalty on-the-spot fine, or prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000.
It is no defence to claim ignorance of your dog's actions. Parents are considered responsible for the actions of the dog even when children are looking after them.
The controls imposed by the Act apply to land beside a highway unless the speed limit is 40 mph or more. Also it does not apply to farmland, woodland, marshland, moor, heath or common land. In these areas it is not an offence to fail to clear up after your dog, but, for the benefit of everyone else who uses the area, it is a good idea to do so, and that is what we would like to see.