The Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996 allows the local authority to prosecute irresponsible dog owners, if they do not clear up after their dog, after allowing it to foul in a designated area. Owners can be fined up to £1,000 if they fail to comply.
Designated areas include:
- all carriageways with a speed limit of 40 miles an hour or less, and adjoining footpaths and verges
- all parks, recreation grounds, sports grounds/pitches and open spaces owned, maintained and/or controlled by the district, town or parish councils
- open grassed areas located adjacent to areas of residential housing
- public rights of way
- canal towpaths and reservoir footpaths
- church yards and cemeteries
- public car parks and pedestrianised areas
- plus a number of specially designated areas across the Vale.
A plastic bag such as an old carrier bag or a nappy sack can be used to pick up any dog's mess. There are three easy steps for cleaning up after your dog:
1. Grab it - using a plastic bag over your hand.
2. Bag it - turn the bag inside out and tie.
3. Bin it - put the bag into a dog bin or take it home.
Date Updated: 26/07/11