Dog mess is an eyesore and a health hazard. If you are a dog owner, you have a legal duty to clean up every time your dog messes in a public place. The law states that being unaware a dog has fouled or not having a suitable bag is not a reasonable excuse.
Chelmsford City Council has a Public Spaces Protection Order in force which makes dog fouling an offence. Anyone who fails to clear up after their dog can be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice of up to £100. If the case goes to court this could cost the owner or person in charge of the animal up to £1,000.
There are dog-waste bins across the development for disposal of your dog bag. If you cannot find a dog bin, then double wrap the dog bag and place it in a normal litter bin. There is no excuse to leave it.
Let’s work together as a community and if you witness dog fouling, please report it to Chelmsford City Council either by ringing 01245 606606 and asking for ‘Dog Wardens’ or by reporting it online.