Dog Watch is an initiative that has been set up using the influence of neighbourhood watch to target dog fouling in residential hot spot areas. It's aim is to deter dog owners from allowing their dogs to foul by empowering the community to take matters into their own hands. This is done through the recruitment of volunteer co-ordinators who are kitted out with:
For more information, contact the street environment team on 01530 454 600
Apart from being an unpleasant nuisance if you step in it, dog mess can be a health hazard. Both dog and cat faeces can contain the eggs of roundworm 'Toxicara'. These eggs can survive in the soil for several years.
If they are ingested or inhaled by humans, they may cause eye, liver, brain and breathing problems such as Asthma, Hepititis and Epilepsy.
Children playing in fouled recreation areas are most at risk. Dog waste is a potential health risk to farmers' livestock if you allow your dog to foul in their fields.
To reduce the risk of 'toxicara' it is important to worm your dogs regularly. Cats, although they do foul, are not included in the legislation therefore we are unable to take any action regarding cat faeces.
We encourage responsible dog owners to pick up their dog's mess and dispose of it suitably wrapped, along with the rest of their domestic waste in their wheelie bin.
We have a relatively small number of specialised bins in our public recreation areas and locations known to be popular with dog owners. We empty these regularly. You can also put bagged dog waste in over 700 street litter bins within our district.
You can help us rid the district of dog poop by reporting it to us. We need to know:
How NWLDC deal with Dog Fouling
Below are flow charts which show the route the council take with substantiated complaints.
Please contact Customer Services on 01530 454 545 with any complaints.