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Why is dog fouling a problem?
Anyone who has trodden in dog dirt knows how messy, smelly and unpleasant it is.
However, as well as this nuisance value, dog dirt can carry various diseases that adults and children can catch,the most notable of which isToxocara canis. This is a roundworm whose eggs can be present in dog dirt. 1fswallowed, the eggs may grow into the roundworms which can in extreme cases cause blindness.
To help reduce the risk of disease, dogs should be properly and regularly wormed. Hands should also always bewashed if there has been contact with any animal or their faeces.
What is West Lindsey doing to combat these problems?
West Lindsey is endeavouring to tackle this problem in a number of ways:
Firstly, the Council is promoting responsible dog ownership through educational visits and the provision of adviceand information.
Secondly, the Council has provided around 350 dog bins throughout the District for the safe and convenientdisposal of dog waste.
Thirdly, West Lindsey has adopted theDogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996and in doing so has made it anoffence not to clear up after a dog has fouled. The order covers most roads, footpaths, grass verges, playingfields, parks and other public areas in towns and villages in West Lindsey.
Anyone found guilty of an offence under this Act can face a fine of up to £1000. Alternatively an offender may begiven the option of paying a fixed penalty fine of £50 and avoid a court hearing.
To effectively enforce this legislation, West Lindsey is carrying out routine monitoring of known problem areas.
The Council aims to respond to complaints regarding dog fouling within two days. 1n the first instance this will bedone by either writing to the person responsible or by visiting the problem area.
During working hours (contact the telephone number below for details), the Council aims to respond to servicerequests regarding stray dogs within two hours when the dog is straying at the time, and within two days when theservice request is retrospective.
The Police also have powers to deal with stray dogs. 1f a member of the public finds a stray dog they may take itto a manned police station where the Police have a duty to take the stray into their care. 1t should be stressed,however, that unlike the local authority, the Police will not go and fetch a stray dog from a finder’s home.
¨ Collar and Tag—any time a dog is in a public place, it must wear a collar and clearly displayed tag with theowner’s name and address on it. Failure to do so can result in a fine of up to £5,000.
¨ Dogs on Leads —it is good practice to keep dogs on leads at all times they are in a public place.Furthermore, most of the roads in Gainsborough are covered by an Order that requires dogs to be kept onleads.
¨ Dangerous dogs —1ncidents relating to dogs behaving dangerously are primarily dealt with by the Policethrough liaison with the local authority. Dangerous dogs should therefore be reported in the first instance tothe Police.
Reponsible dog ownership not only helps prevent accidents and the spread of disease,it also improves the environment and reduces “anti dog” feelings in the community.
1f you would like further advice on responsible dog ownership, wish to report incidents of dog fouling orstraying, or if you require this leaflet inn large print, then please contact:
Environmental Services Division
Telephone: 01427 676677
or contact via our website: www.west-lindsey.gov.uk