Mid Devon Fouling of Land by Dogs

Posted on: 7 February 2014

With the introduction of the Mid Devon Fouling of Land by Dogs order in December 2012, dog walkers are reminded that it is a criminal offence if they fail to clear up forthwith after their dog defecates on land anywhere in Mid Devon.  The order applies to any land which is open to the air and accessible to the public, including country lanes and rural areas, even roads outside of a 40mph speed limit.

The offence carries a fine of up to £1000 and a criminal record.  Liability may be discharged by payment of a fixed penalty of £80 (£50 if paid within ten days).

Cabinet Member for the Environment Clive Eginton said ” If you allow your dog to foul and fail to pick up after it, beware of the consequences!  The potential health issues will affect others, and the potential financial ones will affect you!”

Enforcement Officers would appeal to anyone who witnesses the offence to report it to Mid Devon District Council at www.middevon.gov.uk or 01884 255255 and provide as much information as possible, such as times and dates, location, description of dog and dog walker and vehicle registration number if applicable.

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