Saturday, 6 August 2011

Attention Dog Owners

Due to the following complaint please take note of the information below;

"Its time that the residents of the village started to name and shame dog owners that do not clear up after their dogs. I am appalled at the amount of dog mess there is around the village and the coastal path it is even in private driveways and parking areas.I am writing this as a dog owner. Why should the minority spoil it for everybody."

Information for Dog Owners Visitors and Locals

Cornwall Council operates a zero tolerance policy towards dog fouling. Following standardisation of control orders across Cornwall - from the 16th July 2010 it is an offence not to clean up after your dog (and properly dispose of faeces) on all land to which the public are entitled access by way of payment or not.

All of the publicly accessed land in Cornwall is therefore designated and includes beaches, footpaths, roads, playing fields, verges and certain private land.

  • The fixed penalty notice fee for failing to remove dog faeces is £80.00 (£50.00 if paid within 10 days).
  • Prosecution may result in fines of up to £1000.00
The Act stipulates that 'being unaware of the defecation (whether by reason of not being in the vicinity or otherwise), or not having a device or other suitable means of removing the faeces shall not be a reasonable excuse for failing to remove the faeces'.

Under the Act no offence is committed if:

  • The person in charge of the dog is registered blind.
  • The landowner, on whose land the fouling has taken place, has given consent for the faeces to be left on the ground.
The council has installed a considerable number of dog waste bins across the county that are emptied regularly, you are able to put bagged dog waste in a normal litter bin. If you cannot find a convenient dog bin then you must bag up the faeces and take it home.

If you would like to report dog fouling - Cornwall Council will investigate all complaints that are received - although the level of service that they can provide will obviously vary depending upon the quality of information that is provided. For example they would be in a better position to take action should you be able to provide a full description of what happened (including date, time, location, what you witnessed, description of the dog/owner and as much information as possible about the incident - also any information regarding the offender - which could include name/address (if known), vehicle registration number or any other identifying feature.

It is only with people getting involved and reporting problems in their neighbourhood that they will be able to solve more problems and take more enforcement action on issues such as dog fouling.

If you would like any more information or wish to report a problem, please either e-mail or telephone to talk to your local Dog Welfare and Enforcement Officer on 0300 1234 212.

Cornwall Council Dog Fouling
Cornwall Council Dog Control


  1. I fully support this campaign. Dog owners all over this country are continually letting their animals foul everywhere. What they don't realise is that one dogs mess is one dogs mess, but when they all think this we sink underthe stuff. You have to wade through it in my local woods. People just let the dogs off the leads so they can turn a blind eye. I'm tempted to let my son poo in the drive of one of the local repeat offenders. See if they like it.

  2. Unfortunately this problem gets so much worse as soon as the season arrives and there are so many more dogs being walked along the footpaths. Unfortunately I think that many visitors thinking that they are "in the Countryside" assume it is not necessary to pick up. We normally pick up any that we find - often right bedside the poo bin - unfortunantely due to health problems we are not walking the worst part of the footpath much and I think you can see the result. If you know of a local repeat offender - perhaps you should hand him a bag next time you see him & mention this complaint on the blog.

  3. or her, of course, not all the offenders are men.
    There is a woman in the village with a black lab who never seems to carry bags