Dog Fouling

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Keep the Seaboard Villages beautiful. Please clean up after your dog.

Always be prepared to clean up after your dog by taking a supply of bags and/or a poop-scoop with you every time you leave the house. (Your local council may provide special bags free of charge.) Or, if you have a garden, train your dog to “go” there before you take it for a walk.

Pick up the mess immediately and make sure you put used bags in the bin (public litter bins or special dog waste bins are both suitable for the disposal of dog waste, or your own domestic bin would do as long as the bag is properly sealed). It is not enough to bag the faeces and throw it over a fence – or hang it on a tree. If you make a mental note of where public bins are on your walking route you will be able to dispose of the waste quickly and efficiently.

Why Should I Clean Up After My Dog?

Risking a fine
If you don’t clean up after your dog, council staff or the police can issue you with a Fixed Penalty Notice of £40, which increases if it’s not paid.

Public enemy No.1
Dog fouling rates highly on any list of local complaints. In a nation-wide survey 69% of the Scottish public said that dog fouling bothered them more than any other type of litter and 52% singled it out as the type that offended them most.

Causing unpleasantness and embarrassment
Anyone who has stepped in dog faeces knows that it is dirty, smelly and difficult to clean off your shoe, which can be both unpleasant and embarrassing.

Spreading disease
As soon as you step into dog mess, it spreads. Not only is it unsightly, but it can increase the risk of disease (Toxocara canis), which is harmful to humans.

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