What the council can do
If you let your dog foul a public place, the local council can give you an on the spot fine of £80. If you refuse to pay the fine, the council can prosecute you in court for allowing dog fouling.
Exemptions apply for people with certain disabilities. For further information, you should check with your local council.
Toxocara canis is a roundworm found in dogs. Roundworm eggs are found in dog mess, which can easily be picked up by young children. This causes stomach upsets, sore throats, asthma and in rare cases blindness.
The eggs can stay active in the soil for many years, long after the dog mess has weathered away.
Advice for dog owners
If your dog fouls in a public place, you should clean up the mess. Always carry a poop scoop, which is a specially designed plastic shovel, or a bag to carry the mess to a bin.
Dog owners should not allow their pets to foul at random in public areas. Toilet training at puppy stage helps.
If possible, you should encourage your dog to use your garden - you can then either bury the mess or flush it down the toilet.