Reminder to dog owners when out and about

Reminder to dog owners when out and about Image

Dog walkers are being reminded of the harms of failing to clean up after their pets when out and about in the city and visiting Dundee’s parks and greenspaces. 

The call comes at a time when more members of the public are heading to the city’s green spaces with their dogs for exercise in accordance with the mainland Stay Local measures.

Neighbourhood Services Convener Anne Rendall said: “I’d appeal to the many people visiting the city’s streets, parks and open areas just now to take bags with them when heading out with dogs to ensure we can, and do, clean up after our pets.

“Searches online for puppies increased by over 100% over the last year of lockdown and the fact that there are so many new owners means it is timely to remind them that with dog ownership comes responsibility, to clean up after your pet wherever you are. The waste can get on footwear, on the wheels of bikes, motorised scooters, and wheelchairs - it can even cause blindness in young children if they touch it and then their eyes.

“The responsibility falls solely at the hands of the dog walker and they know they should tidy up after their pet. I want to reiterate our message to make the most of the available bins or to return home with the waste to safely dispose of. It is not acceptable to leave bags of dog waste hanging from trees or in bushes either or beside bins if they are full.

“We can all do our bit to keep Dundee safe and presentable, and that can be as simple as disposing of our dog’s waste in a responsible manner.”

Dundee City Council has in excess of 1300 dog waste bins and bagged dog waste can also be disposed of in litter bins.

Despite this, dog fouling occurs. Anyone who fails to clean up after their dog can receive a fixed penalty notice of £80, rising to £100 if unpaid within 28 days, from one of our officers who enforces this legislation. Police officers can also issue these penalties.

It is also possible that some offenders can be reported to the Procurator Fiscal with the potential of a fine up to £500.

If you have witnessed a dog fouling incident in your area in the city, or have concerns about a dog not being kept under proper control, please contact our Animal Control Section on 01382 436285 or by emailing animal.control@dundeecity.gov.uk.

At the same time, following the launch of a Scottish Government and SSPCA campaign, dog owners are being reminded that they have a legal responsibility to keep their dog under proper control at all times to prevent and reduce the risk of incidents occurring.

Councillor Anne Rendall added: “During the previous year, there’s been an increase in dog ownership and with that comes a number of responsibilities, like keeping your dog under control at all times. By doing so, this will help to protect others and prevent incidents from occurring. 

“There is also, of course, the added factor during the pandemic that we must control our dogs so that it’s possible to maintain physical distancing measures at all times too.”

More information about the national responsible dog ownership campaign is available on Safer Scotland’s Facebook Page.

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