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Wandsworth Council clamping down on dog mess offences

  • March 15, 2024
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Wandsworth Council clamping down on dog mess offences

Wandsworth Council is clamping down on dog mess offenders following an increased number of reports of owners failing to clear up after their dogs. In response, enforcement officers will patrol ‘hotspot areas’ more regularly where residents have reported concerns. This is part of the council’s Cleaner Borough Plan.

Dog mess offenders face fixed penalties of at least £150 and a maximum fine of £2,500 for more serious offences. Residents can also get involved. They can report offenders either online or by calling 020 8871 8558 and choose option two, for fly-tipping.

Through these they can let the council know about any that needs to be cleared up or details of offenders. They should report the date and time it took place along with a description of the dog owner and the dog if they saw it happen. “Take a picture of the incident,” the council says, “making sure you don’t put yourself or others at risk to do this.”

“We know our residents hate dog mess offenders and are clamping down on those who think it’s ok to let their dog foul the streets,” Councillor Judi Gasser, Cabinet Member for Environment said. “It’s irresponsible behaviour and potentially puts children at risk of catching toxocariasis from infected dog mess. This is a rare infection caused by roundworm parasites and children can catch it from infected animal poo after innocently putting their hands in their mouths, after handling soil or shoes contaminated with animal poo, including dog mess. So, if you see anyone who doesn’t clear up after their dog, tell us, and if there is enough evidence we can take action.”

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