Whilst we are in these difficult times, please try and spare a thought for others. Dog owners may only be able to take their pets for a short walk around the block instead of maybe out into the countryside or local park.
But that does not mean that dog owners should stop, ‘pooping and scooping’ after their pet it is their responsibility by law.
Dog fouling is a very serious and anti-social matter which can affect most of us on a daily basis. There are many reasons why it is necessary to clear up dog faeces and here is why.
It’s the law – on 1 October 2017, The Fouling of Land by Dogs Order, in Salford, was converted to a Public Spaces Protection Order for a period of three years. Making it an offence for any person when being in charge of a dog on land to which the order applies, not to immediately remove faeces deposited by the dog at any time.
It is dangerous – dog faeces carry many germs. A child who plays where a dog has fouled can pick up germs which lead to illness. In extreme cases this may result in blindness.
Do you feel that you could accept the responsibility of causing a young child to be blind for life?
It is anti-social – dog mess is offensive to look at. We have all at some time, had to step carefully when walking along the pavement. and had the obnoxious experience of actually treading in this mess.
If you don’t clean up, you could get a fine – Salford City Council has implemented Public Spaces Protection Orders to control dog fouling across the city. These orders carry a fixed penalty of £100 for people who do not clean up after their dog. A discount is available for paying early. However, failing to pay could lead to a maximum penalty of £1,000 on conviction.
Be socially aware during these difficult times and do the right thing. You have been warned!