Don’t leave it behind or you may get fined

dog poo fairy
(Last Updated On: January 26, 2016)
The number of council officers working in the community who can now issues fines to people who let their dogs foul in our parks and on our pavements, has been increased by South Hams District Council.

The Local Authority’s officers on the ground has risen from 1 to 6.  These officers can now issue on-the-spot penalties to those irresponsible owners who do not pick up their dogs mess, this could be up to £80 and could rise again to a maximum fine of £1000 if it goes to court.

South Hams District Council support the Keep Britain Tidy national dog fouling campaign to encourage irresponsible dog owners to clean up after their pets.  The campaign features an eye-catching creative of a ‘dog poo fairy’ with the message ‘There’s no such thing as the Dog Poo Fairy’.

Portfolio Holder for Customer First, Cllr Hilary Bastone, said: “We have all had an unpleasant experience with dog mess when we have been out in town or in the country and it really spoils your day.  We need to send a clear message to Irresponsible owners that this is unacceptable and fine repeat offenders. We will issue fines to those who do not make more of an effort to take care of our beautiful landscape.”

If you are out and about, be a sensible owner and keep our streets clean and tidy.  Local support from residents is so important to help identify these culprits and bring a stop to this foul issue.  SHDC officers can offer help and advice if needed and can even offer you a spare bag if you have been caught short!  Find out more here:


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