Everyone should be able to enjoy living in a clean and healthy environment - no one should have to put up with the actions of irresponsible dog owners. In order to encourage responsible behaviour and deter fouling, the Council provides numerous dog bins and has signs reminding dog owners to clear up after their dogs.
The Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 was adopted by Test Valley Borough Council in 2006. This Act covers all land which is open to the air and to which the public have access to. The Act requires that if a dog fouls at any time on designated land the person in charge of that dog at that time must clean up after the dog immediately. The failure to do so is an offence may lead to prosecution and, if convicted, a possible fine of up to £1000.
If you are experiencing problems with dog fouling in your area, please report the matter to the Council. The Council's Animal Welfare Officer co-ordinates the action taken to confront persistent dog fouling problems. Whilst it is not possible to patrol all problem areas regularly, some additional targeted patrols may be carried out where persistent problems occur and we will review all means at our disposal to deter and confront irresponsible behaviour.
For further information or to report a dog fouling problem please contact:
The Animal Welfare Officer
Tel: 01264 368000