Dog fouling outside property

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9:51 AM, 10th February 2016
About 3 years ago

Dog fouling outside property

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Dog fouling outside property

One of my tenants is having problems with dog fouling on the grassed areas at the front of the property. dog fouling

It’s the type of estate that has no fencing to front of the property as they are all open and I am not sure if fencing can be put up.

Any ideas or tricks to keep the dogs (and owners) from doing this frankly disgusting fouling .

Many thanks

Paul



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Neil Patterson

9:55 AM, 10th February 2016
About 3 years ago

Hi Paul,

I would be very surprised on the grounds of Health and Safety, especially for children, if the Council were unwilling to assist. Have you spoken with them yet?

From >> http://www.environmentlaw.org.uk/rte.asp?id=50

Dog mess is an eyesore and a health hazard. If you are a dog owner, you have a legal duty to clean up every time your dog messes in a public place. Registered blind people are not required to clean up after their guide dogs. There is also exemption for dog owners on some kinds of public land, including:

Land used for agriculture or woodlands
Rural common land
Land that is predominantly marshland, moor or heath
Highways with a speed limit of 50mph or more

Most local councils require dog owners to carry a poop scoop and disposable bag whenever they take their dogs out to a public place. Some councils offer free scoops: ask your council’s animal warden unit.

Look out for bins marked as dog bins to dispose of your dog bag. If you cannot find a dog bin, then double wrap the dog bag and place it in a normal litter bin.

If your street is littered with dog mess, you can ask your local council to clean it. Councils now have more power to tackle public dog mess under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005.

Legal measures to prevent dog mess are contained in the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act , which repeals Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996, allows local councils and communities to create byelaws relating to dog mess. Visit the Law Search page for full details.

Council can also issue dog control orders against individual dog owners for offences including allowing a dog to foul a public space.
Councils can issue fixed penalty orders in relation to dog control orders. Where there is no local rate, the fixed penalty is £75.
In very serious cases, magistrates can issue a maximum penalty of £1,000

ENCAMS, which runs the Keep Britain Tidy campaign publishes a useful leaflet on Dog Fouling and the Law.

Paul A

10:56 AM, 10th February 2016
About 3 years ago

thanks for your comments my agent is currently making enquiries with the council but its hard if my tenant dosnt know who is letting the dog/dogs foul the area, thats why i was wondering if there was something that could discourage the dogs,my tenant has tried a anti dog product that you scatter over the area to no avail.


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