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We’ve had enough of dog fouling across the district, and we know you have too. No messing! It’s not nice.
Dog mess is not only unpleasant but it is also potentially harmful. In health terms, it can contain a parasitic worm called Toxocara.
Toxocariasis can take an ocular form which means that the worm larva becomes trapped in the eye which can cause visual impairment and possible blindness. It is thought that young children are at a higher risk of developing Toxocariasis, as they are more likely to come into contact with soil or sand that contains dog mess.
We know that the majority of dog owners are responsible and do clean up after their pets, however, there are those who choose not to. It is an offence not to clean up after your dog and in any public area in North Norfolk and includes out-of-the-way beauty spots that are popular with lots of people, not just dog walkers.
If you don’t clear up after your dog you are liable for a £80 fixed penalty notice (£60 if paid within 10 days). If you don’t pay the fixed penalty, action in magistrates' courts could result in a fine of up to £1000, on conviction.
As part of our continuing ‘no messing’ campaign we are busy patrolling dog fouling ‘hotspot’ areas across the district.
As well as cleaning up mess after others, we talk to dog walkers, offer advice and encourage people to preserve our beautiful region by cleaning up after their pets.
Community Dog Wardens are now being recruited in a bid to help us tackle dog fouling across the district. Members of the public will take on local patrols to educate and inform dog owners and will report back with information that we can act on. If you want to help, download our Community Dog Warden information pack or more details.
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Last updated: 23rd August 2018