Keep Hart dog mess free

Small dog with tongue out sitting on grass

Dog owners are being urged by Hart District Council to bag it and bin it when clearing up their pet’s mess.

Rangers have seen an increase in dog poo at some of Hart’s country parks and mowing or strimming grassed areas where there is mess can be a very unpleasant experience. 

It can also pose a serious health risk. At worst, contact with dog excrement can cause toxocariasis – a nasty infection that can lead to dizziness, nausea, asthma and even blindness or seizures. 

Anyone who does not remove their dog’s mess 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. Being unaware a dog has fouled or not having a suitable bag is not a reasonable excuse. 

A dog owner who claimed they did not know their pet was fouling in the street has recently been fined by the Council. Its Environmental Enforcement Service issued a Fixed Penalty Notice after a member of the public witnessed the incidents and reported them. 

Kirsty Jenkins, Executive Director for Community Services at Hart District Council, said: “We'd like everyone to enjoy our open spaces and most dog owners are responsible. However, there are a few that fail to pick up after their dogs and we want to send out a clear message that this will not be tolerated.  

“It is no defence to claim ignorance of the dog's actions or not having a bag on you. Help keep Hart clean by clearing up after your pet. We also urge residents to let us know of any incidents.” 

By reporting dog fouling, the Council can arrange for the mess to be cleaned up, investigate the incident and take enforcement action against the dog owner. If you have concerns over issues in your area, you can report this on FixMyStreet

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