Attention all dog owners – make sure you pick up after your pet

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Cornwall Council is reminding people to pick up their pet’s mess following an increase in reports of dog fouling during lockdown.  

Under the Antisocial Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act it is an offence to allow a dog to foul in a public place and fail to remove the faeces.  

People who don’t pick up their dog’s poo could be issued a Fixed Penalty Notice of £100. If unpaid, a prosecution could result in a fine of up to £1,000.   

Cornwall Council is teaming up with local town and parish councils and community groups to help tackle the issue. 

Last year Keep Britain’s Tidy We’re Watching You campaign was trialled in 11 dog fouling hot spots across Cornwall. The eye-catching signs resulted in an average reduction in dog fouling by 72.5%. 

Cornwall Council’s Communities and Public Protection team have been giving out additional signs, which have been installed at seven new sites across the county over the last few months. 

The impact of the signs is being closely monitored by dedicated community ambassador volunteers through weekly survey visits.  

Councillor Rob Nolan, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Public Protection, said: “It is simply unacceptable that some people chose not to pick up after their pets. Not only is the result unpleasant for other residents, it can pose a risk to people’s health, especially children.  

“If one of our officers witnesses someone failing to clear up after their dog, or if we receive evidence from a member of the public, those responsible will be given a £100 fine.” 

Local councils or community groups can apply to take part in the We’re Watching You campaign by emailing cep@cornwall.gov.uk.  

How to report dog fouling 

If you witness a fouling incident, you can report it online or by calling 0300 1234 212.  

You will need to give the time and date of incident, a brief description of the person, the dog and what happened. In order for Cornwall Council to investigate the matter you will also need to provide either the name and/or address of the individual or, if relevant, their vehicle registration number. 

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