Dog fouling in Saffron Walden/Being a responsible dog owner

Dog Fouling in Saffron Walden

Saffron Walden Town Council encourages all dog owners to act responsibly and clear up after their dogs.  Nobody wants to see, let alone step in, dog mess and we urge dog owners to be responsible, considerate and thoughtful to the environment and people around you.  A reminder that dog waste can be bagged and placed in both dog bins and general waste bins.  Please, please do not hang dog poo bags on trees or in bushes, it is unsightly and someone has to remove it! 

A group of local residents is keen to address the dog fouling problem in town and will be out and about with coloured spray cans to mark any dog mess left behind.  By highlighting the problem (with bright, fluorescent paint!), it is hoped that this will encourage dog owners to always pick up after their pet.  Our thanks go to Uttlesford District Council for supporting this initiative.

The Town Council is also working with local primary schools; asking children to create posters encouraging dog owners to pick up dog poo.  These posters will be used in and around the town and the winning entries will be awarded book vouchers for Harts Bookstore. 

We acknowledge that the large majority of dog owners do act in an appropriate manner, cleaning up after their pet and the Town Council would like to thank those responsible owners for their continued support in cleaning up the town from dog fouling.

Be a responsible dog owner

Owners have a responsibility for ensuring their dog doesn't have a negative impact on other people or animals.  Besides being sure your dog is under control and supervised at all times when in public, responsible dog owners will get to know their pet's patterns of behaviour so that they can anticipate any issues.  A dog should 'stay', 'lie down', 'come' and 'heel' in response to the owner's request and walk well on a leash.  The Town Council expects any owner exercising their dog on Council land to be in full control of their pet.

Changes to the Animal Welfare Act (2006) mean that from April 2016 all dogs in England are required to have a microchip with details of ownership stored on a database.  Dogs should also be identifiable with collar and tag.





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Posted on 20/01/2020