Dog mess in public places is offensive to many people and it is very important to clear up after your dog. In addition to the unpleasant smell and the mess created when it gets on pram wheels, wheelchairs, shoes and clothing, there is a potential health risk associated with dog faeces.
Some people may be unaware of the health consequences of not clearing up after their dog. Dogs can shed vast numbers of Toxocara eggs each time they make a faecal deposit. These eggs can be ingested by humans, with children being most at risk, who can become ill and sometimes lose their eyesight as a result.
The majority of dog owners act responsibly by cleaning up after their pets, keeping them under control in public places and depositing the waste in the dog bins provided around the district.
Grab It, Bag it, Bin It!
- Always keep a good supply of plastic bags near your dog’s lead so you don’t forget when you go out for a walk. Simply insert your hand in the plastic bag (supermarket carrier bags make great poop scoops) and pick up your dog’s waste.
- Carefully turn the plastic bag inside out and your dog’s mess will then be ‘bagged’.
- Dispose of your bag in a public bin.
Please ensure that you place your dog waste bags inside the bin. We regularly receive complaints that dog bins are full, but when attending, we find that some residents are just placing the bags on top of the bin, giving the impression that the bin is full, where in fact it is empty. Once one bag is placed there other dog walkers assume it is full, so leave their bags next to the original ones, which in turn attracts more and more.
Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) replace previous legislation to tackle dog fouling and dog control issues. These will make fouling and failing to pick up after a dog an offence, as well as banning dogs from fenced children’s play areas. A PSPO could attract a fine of £100 and/or exclusion of the dog from named areas.
Before the new powers can be introduced in Tandridge, the Council has to carry out a six week public consultation to find out what residents think about the proposals. If there is public support, trial areas will be approved and introduced. If this is successful, the Council will consider extending the powers across the district. Proposed trial areas are Queens Park, Caterham and Master Park, Oxted.
To enquire about dog fouling signs, please contact Street Sweeping on 01883 732751.