Dogs Trust works closely with Local Authorities in urging all dog owners to act responsibly by picking up after their dogs and reduce the chances of people coming into contact with dog waste. While the majority of dog owners are responsible and pick up after their pet, a careless few are still giving dogs a bad name.
Many dog owners are unaware that dog waste can be put in normal bins making it much easier to dispose of. Our annual national Big Scoop Week campaign encourages dog owners to ‘Bag it and Bin it’ to keep our streets, parks and beaches clean.
Changes to dog fouling fines Double penalty for irresponsible owners. Dog owners who fail to pick up after their pets will face a fine of £80 from 1 April – double the current fixed penalty rate. The change, supported by the majority of responses to a Scottish Government consultation on dog ownership, brings the penalty for dog fouling in line with the fine for littering. Nearly a third of people said animal nuisance, including dog fouling or animal noise, was a very or fairly common problem in the Scottish Household Surveys of 2014 and 2013. As well as increasing the fixed penalty, the Scottish Government is also working with local authorities to consider how more unpaid penalties can be collected.