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Dog fouling

Published on Thursday, 9th April 2020

Unfortunately, we are currently seeing an increase in dog fouling and we would like to remind irresponsible dog owners that even during these extraordinary times, not picking up after your dog is an offence.

Our Community Protection Team will not hesitate in issuing a fixed penalty notice, so please remember that whilst you are taking your daily exercise walking your dog, you must clean up after your dog, or any dog that you may be responsible for, otherwise you are breaking the law.

Cllr Adrian Fluker, Leader of Maldon District Council, said; “It is always disappointing when dog owners do not take responsibility for their dog. Failing to clear up after a dog in any public open space, on a pavement or footpath is an offence. Offenders will be served with a Fixed Penalty Notice of £100, or if the case is referred to the Magistrates' Court, be fined a maximum of £1,000. If you have witnessed dog fouling or you have noticed an area where dog fouling is a problem, you can report it on our website.

Many people in the Maldon District are dog owners and the Council’s Community Protection Team work hard to support and enforce their responsible dog ownership.

The Community Protection Team regularly tackle issues of dog fouling and fly tipping, but successful prosecutions rely heavily on people coming forward with evidence and intelligence.