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Monthly Archives: February 2012

Did You Know!

Did You Know (Chewing Gum)

As a dog walker there is nothing more annoying than people who spit chewing gum out onto the pavement, I spend a lot of time on my walks fishing chewing gum out of puppies and other dogs mouths.  Chewing gum contains a substance call Xylitol which is highly toxic and lethal to dogs, its not a joke, google it!  Chewing Gum can also become lodged in your dogs throat and cause choking or even block up the intestines which could also kill them. Chewing gum is a real threat to dogs and you must do everything you can to keep chewing gum away from your dog as it is a serious risk their life.

 

Did You Know   (Dog Fouling)

Places where you have to clean up: 

Public places e.g. 

  • Canal towpaths
  • Footpaths
  • Parks
  • Pavements
  • Roads
  • School playing fields 

Places where you do not have to clean up 

  • Agricultural land
  • Marshland
  • Moor or heath
  • Private gardens – but you must make sure that you do not allow droppings to create a ‘statutory nuisance’ and your dog must not stray into your neighbour’s garden
  • Roads – where the land is adjacent to roads with a speed limit of more than 40 miles per hour
  • Rural common land
  • Woodland 

Registered blind people in charge of a dog do not need to clean up (but any other person exercising a guide dog must clean up). 

Fines 

It is an offence to fail to remove dog faeces deposited by a dog under your control.

If you are issued with a fixed penalty notice for dog fouling, you have 14 days to pay the £80 penalty.

If no payment is received (or you disagree with the notice) you will be issued a summons (so you will have to appear atMagistrates Court).

If found guilty, you could be fined up to £1,000 for each offence.