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Oh yes, it's that hot potato again, it never goes away... nor does the dog muck! It is estimated that the UK's dogs produce 1000 tonnes of faeces every day, so the problem is clearly not just confined to Lapford.

Did you know:

  • 95% of the British public are concerned about the amount of dog mess in public places.

  • You can contract Toxocariasis from canine excrement, this can have very many unpleasant side effects and even lead to blindness.

  • 54% of dog owners never worm their animals. (Worms are the cause of Toxocariasis).

  • 94% of councils in the UK employ a dog warden, including Mid Devon Council.

  • The annual bill for cleaning up dog mess in England alone is 22 million.

  • Under the Dog (fouling of land) Act  1996, it is illegal to allow your dog to foul in a public place, failure to clear it up can result in a 50 on-the-spot fine or prosecution and a fine of up to 1000.

  • Under the same act, there is no legal requirement for the council to provide bins or signs to remind you to pick it up, so "there was no bin" or "I didn't know" is no excuse not to clear up after your dog.

  • In the 5 month period between November 2003 and March 2004 approximately 1400 dog owners in England were prosecuted.

X marks the spot!Lapford has many responsible dog owners who always clear up the mess after their dog, these people should be given credit where it's due.

However, those few irresponsible dog owners that give the rest of us a bad name should beware! If you are seen, you maybe reported and you could end up with a hefty fine.

If you see anyone allowing their dog to foul in a public place and not clearing up afterwards report it to the dog warden. The dog warden should also be contacted about any other dog-related issues. The dog warden's contact details can be found here.



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