Dog fouling is a big concern, not just because of the mess it causes, but because it can also be a health risk.
What are we doing?
The Council is committed to raising awareness about the issue of dog fouling and will respond reactively and pro-actively to reported incidents.
The Council is currently:
installing bins where they haven't been provided previously- but, did you know you can use any public bin to dispose of your bagged dog waste?
utilising Council and private CCTV / mobile phone material - to identify irresponsible dog owners who do not pick up after their dogs
training officers on the street - Council and South Tyneside Homes officers are being trained to issue Fixed Penalty Notices, talk to people, encourage responsible dog ownership and hand out poop-scoop bags.
Did you know...
Around 100 cases of toxocariasis are diagnosed each year in the UK
Local authorities in the UK receive approximately 226,000 complaints about dog fouling every year
The cost to British taxpayers of clearing up after dogs is around £2.3 million per year
It is an offence for anyone in charge of a dog on public land to fail to remove dog faeces deposited by that dog
How are dog fouling incidents enforced?
The Borough of South Tyneside is covered by a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) which prohibits the fouling of land by dogs.
Allowing a dog that you own (or are in control of) to foul public land without picking it up immediately, is an offence that attracts a fixed penalty. A number of Council and South Tyneside Homes officers can enforce the Public Space Protection Order.