Most dog owners are very responsible and do pick up after their pets, but a small group of people choose to ignore the rules. Dog owners are encouraged to bag their dog's mess and get rid of it safely.
Fixed Penalty Notices can be issued by a Dog Warden, a Street Warden or a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) in Torbay
Fixed Penalty Notices will be issued where evidence is obtained proving an owner has failed to pick up after their dog
A Fixed Penalty Notice is a ticket which means that the person receiving it has to pay a charge. If the person refuses to pay the charge they can be taken to court and the court may then decide to make them pay even more money or prosecute them
The Fixed Penalty Notice charge for dog fouling in Torbay is £75. If the charge is paid within 7 days, there is a £25 reduction
Those dog owners that bag the mess but don't bin it (for example they dispose of the bag in a hedge, a tree or a garden and by doing so are littering) could face a maximum penalty of £2,500 in court.
- Where possible dispose of dog faeces in a designated dog waste bin.
- If you can't find a dog bin, bag your pet's faeces and take it home for disposal.
- If no other option is available pick up any mess and seal it well using a bag which can then be carefully placed in a standard public litter bin.
TOR2 will remove any dog waste from council land.
When reporting think about the following:
- Do you know of a dog owner who never or hardly ever picks up after their pet?
- Do they usually walk the dog at a certain time during the day?
- What times are the offences being committed?
- Where are the offences being committed?
- What does the dog look like?
- What does the owner look like?
- If the dog owner is using a car, what is the number on the registration plate?
We cannot investigate every complaint but will use the data we receive as a means of targeting our patrols to enforce this issue.
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