Dog fouling is a major issue for many of our towns and cities. It is the most offensive type of litter on our streets and is consistently raised as a public concern.
Some dog owners fail to clean up after their dogs and the highest level of dog fouling can be found in areas where people actually live.
Dog fouling is not only unpleasant, it is dangerous. The biggest threat to public health is toxocariasis from dog mess.
What is toxocariasis?
Toxocariasis is an infection caused by the roundworm toxocara canis. The eggs of the parasite can be found in soil or sand contaminated with dog faeces and if swallowed, result in an infection that lasts between 6 and 12 months and can cause blindness. Infected soil samples are often found in play areas and as a result, toxocariasis most commonly affects children between 18 months and 5 years.
Who is responsible?
It is the responsibility of the dog owner or the person in charge of the dog to clear up any dog fouling left by their dog. If you fail to clean up after your dog you can be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice, or if the case goes to court a fine of up to £1000.
Dog Control Orders
Rochford District Council have the powers to issue Fixed Penalty Notices for dog related offences, please see the Related Content for more information about dog control orders in the Rochford District.