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The vast majority of dog owners are responsible and pick up after their dog, but those that don’t are breaking the law as dog faeces pose a public health risk.
If an officer from Cherwell District Council witnesses a dog owner not picking up they may be liable to a fixed-penalty fine of £50. If the fine is not paid the owner could be fined up to £1,000 plus court costs.
Fixed penalties have also been issued where a member of the public has witnessed a dog owner failing to pick up.
Some owners wrap the dog mess in a plastic bag, but then leave it at the side of the path. This is a littering offence and if the offender is found guilty in a Magistrates’ Court the fine could increase to £2,500 plus costs and they will get a criminal record.
Wrapped dog waste can be placed in any dog waste bin provided by your town or parish council. Failing that it can be placed in any street litter bin.
Stepping in dog waste is not just unpleasant but it is also the perfect breeding ground for bacteria such as Campylobacter and Salmonella, and other forms of infection. The most damaging of these is caused by the roundworm Toxocara canis which can pose a serious health risk to any individual unlucky enough to ingest infected soil.
If you witness dog fouling and wish to report it you can do so online via Report Dog Mess
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