Bere Ferrers Parish Council, site logo.
Home
Agenda
Allotments
Annual Audit
Annual Parish Meeting 2019
Calendar of Meetings
Cold Callers
Councillors and Committees
Council Meetings and Minutes
Council Vacancies
Data Protection Policies
Dog Control Consultation
Dog Fouling
Emergency Number for Power Cuts
Facebook
Latest News
Local Weather
Notice of Elections
Parish Diary
Standing Orders 2020
Temporary Road Restriction
A Message from the NHS
Benefits Online
Restorative Justice
National Plant Survey
Emergency Plan: Update November 2016
Links
Volunteer Training
Green Burials
Contact Us
Disclaimer

Dog Fouling

Anti dog-fouling campaign

The good news is that there are an increasing number of responsible dog owners who always clear up their dog’s mess. Unfortunately however, there are also a minority that don’t and so when  walking around the roads and streets within the Peninsula it is not uncommon to find dog mess. Therefore, it is understandable that a number of Parishioners have recently complained about this situation. Leaving dog mess in a public place is not only unpleasant and antisocial, but is also a health hazard. The law recognises this, because dog owners have a legal duty to clean up every time their dog messes in a public place.

Dog fouling is universally hated, and has been a persistent issue over many years for the parish council, and for anyone else concerned with local environment. For this reason, the Parish Council has subscribed to the West Devon Council Dog Warden Scheme, and an authorised Dog Warden does regularly visit our parish with the power to issue on-the-spot fines if dog owners fail to clear up. If an offender refuses to pay they can be taken to the local Magistrates Court for the dog fouling offence and fined up to £1,000.

In addition the Parish Council has considered what else can be done to improve the situation, and a number of actions have been shortlisted. These include a new publicity campaign (including refreshing signage around the parish) to remind dog owners to clear up, and the possibility of facilitating volunteers to highlight and monitor the incidence of illegal dog fouling.

Meanwhile, readers might like to note that West Devon Borough Council operate a “Report Dog Fouling” page on their website: https://www.westdevon.gov.uk/article/1970/Report-dog-fouling . Reported information will be passed to our local Dog Warden.

Plase also see our new Consultation Tab DOG CONTROL CONSULTATION added on 20/06/2020.  Please complete the response form and return to the Parish Council.