Archive for February, 2014

Dog Fouling

From this website: http://www.colchester.gov.uk/article/7244/Dog-Fouling

Each year Colchester Borough Council receives many complaints regarding irresponsible owners not clearing up after their dogs. To report issues of dog fouling contact 01206 282581 or via email customerservices@colchester.gov.uk

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Why should I scoop the poop?

  • It damages your local environment.
  • It increases tension between dog owners and others.
  • It ruins everyone’s enjoyment of walking in our parks.
  • It prevents children running freely and can make sports fields unusable.
  • It is a very unpleasant to remove from shoes, wheelchair and pushchair wheels.
  • Apart from it being unsightly, smelly and attracting flies the dog faeces can carry parasites that can cause us harm.

How you can help us

Irresponsible dog owners often behave responsibly when in sight of uniformed officers therefore catching people not clearing up after their dog can take up a lot of resources. Good information such as times, a date, description of the dog or owner is very helpful but it still needs to be witnessed. If you know the owner and are willing to give us a statement we can approach the dog owner and in some cases, will issue a fixed penalty notice.

  • Please contact us if you are aware of anyone not clearing up after their dog – any information provided will be dealt with confidentially.
  • If you do not know the dog owner, please let us know the time that you witnessed it with brief description of the dog and owner.
  • Set a good example – always clear up after your own dog.

Under the Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996, owners are required to clear up after their dogs in most public areas. Failure to do this will result in a fixed penalty charge of £50 or a fine in court of up to £1000.

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