Dog owners to clean up after their pets or risk a fine

Published Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Dog owners who don’t pick up after their pooch could risk a fine after Waverley Borough Council’s Full Council approved a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) to combat the foul issue.

The PSPO, which bans dog fouling across the entire borough, will come into effect from 1 January 2019. It means dog owners and dog walkers will need to clean up their dog’s mess and dispose of it appropriately immediately. The order also requires the person walking the dog to have the means to 'pick up', such as dog bags, with them.

Offenders who fail to clear up after their dogs will be issued a Fixed Penalty Notice for a fine of up to £100. Failure to pay this may lead to prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000.

The dog fouling PSPO will be the first in a series of orders the council is looking to make to help combat various types of anti-social behaviour, including dog control. As part of the process of setting up the PSPO, the council asked for residents’ views on the proposal, with 96% agreeing that dog owners should clear up after their pet immediately.

Bagged mess can be disposed of in any litter bin in parks managed by Waverley Borough Council. If anyone spots an incident of dog fouling they should report it online by visiting: www.waverley.gov.uk/report-it or by calling: 01483 523333.

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