Dog fouling and dog bins
If you are in charge of a dog, whether you are the owner or not, you must by law clean up after the dog has fouled in any public access area. This includes car parks, grass verges, recreation and sports grounds, parks, river walks, pavements and footpaths, gutters and carriageways, beaches. Failure to do so can result in a fixed penalty of £80 or a maximum fine of £1,000.
Call it out, call it in, clear it up
Help us tackle dog fouling by following these three simple steps:
Call it out - If you see someone fail to pick up after their dog, call them up on it. Do it politely, perhaps by offering them a spare bag. Don't put yourself at risk.
Call it in - Report dog fouling to us online or give us a call on 01271 388870. It can help us catch and prosecute the culprits and also builds up a picture of where the problem areas are, so we can pay more visits.
Clear it up - If you aren't willing or able to call it out or call it in, helping to remove the problem is a really positive contribution, no one will step in it and it keeps standards high, which is a significant factor for prevention.
Top tips for responsible dog owners
- Be prepared every time you go out with you dog - bags, water and torch at night
- Be prepared to help other who get caught out without a bag
- Keep an eye on what your dog is doing
- Know your dog's routines, it helps with poop and scoop management
- Bag it and bin it! Use degradable bags where possible
- Know your bins - use designated dog bins or any litter bins
- Take it home if you have to - don't use other people's bins without permission
- Use our strategy to tackle the issues - call it out, call it in, clear it up!
Although we don't have a statutory duty to provide dog litter bins or empty them, we do offer a number of dog bins across North Devon. These are emptied on a regular basis.