Serving Melbourne & Kings Newton

Dog Fouling: Keep Our Community Clean

Melbourne Parish Council (MPC) recognises that the vast majority of dog walkers act responsibly and pick up after their dog, to keep Melbourne and Kings Newton clean and its residents – especially younger ones – safe.

Unfortunately, MPC has been made aware of an increasing amount of dog fouling on the village's streets, especially the green spaces and pavements around the primary school, in the centre of Melbourne and within the Packhorse Road Cemetery. It is an offence under The Dogs (Fouling of Land Act) 1996 to allow your dog to foul and not pick up the mess.

MPC would like to remind dog owners that they should pick up their dog's mess in a refuse bag, tie it securely and dispose of it in any regular bin. Do not leave the bag on the floor, trees, fence etc. This is unsightly and also counts as littering. If you can't find a bin, take it home. If the bin is full, report it to South Derbyshire District Council (SDDC).

It is the responsibility of the person in charge of the dog at the time the fouling occurs to pick up the mess. Not having a bag, or not being aware that the dog has fouled is not an adequate defence. Failure to pick up dog mess can result in a on-the-spot fine or prosecution by SDDC.

Dog fouling in the dark

Dog walkers in Melbourne are reminded that it is important to keep your dog in sight at all times in a public space, so you can see when and where they poo. MPC is aware that a significant amount of dog fouling is occurring during the current darker evenings. Dog walkers are reminded to pay particular attention when walking a dog in the dark, when awareness of fouling may be harder to notice. 'Accidental fouling' is still subject to on-the-spot fines and prosecution.

Dog fouling where children walk and play

As residents are aware, the paths and green spaces near the primary school are used regularly by children, who may not notice dog poo until it is too late. Please pick up after dogs when walking them in this area, whatever time of the day (or night). Disease from dog fouling such as Toxocariasis is a particular risk to children.

Reporting dog fouling to South Derbyshire District Council

Residents are encouraged to report dog fouling to SDDC, the link is

The Dog Warden is able to observe problem areas and hand out on-the-spot fines.

Posted: Tue, 18 Jan 2022 17:09 by Jacqui Storer

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