If you’re not picking up your dog’s poo then members of the Saltdean Residents’ Association could be on your case…
They have recently published a leaflet calling all dog owners to ‘bag it and bin it’ and are encouraging anyone who sees some let their pet poo without clearing it up, to ask them to do so and also let them know that failing to do so could cost £300 in fines.
The leaflet states that prosecution can also be for well-meaning owners who have forgotten their poo bags and so can’t clean up.
‘Carry two poo bags at all times…. Dogs poo on average twice a day. Keep checking your dog and where it has been so you don’t miss when they defecate.’
The leaflet has been distributed at vets and other dog-friendly premises, and are warning owners that it is not OK to leave poo in long grass or on the beach in the hope the sea will wash it away.
‘One single dog poop can contain 3 million fecal bacteria along with parasites and viruses than can be passed to humans, adults and children as well as other pets,’ says the leaflet.
The SRA also states there is a massive amount of dog poo not being picked up and being put in the bin.
‘It is everywhere; you see it on the ground in the park, on the beach, the promenade, roads, pathways, verges. You can probably smell it. Even if you are a dog lover you do not want it on our shoes or worse on your kids’ clothes.’
They add that our love for pets and lack of responsibility is degrading our environment, is creating a public health risk making a situation that desperately needs to be improved.
SRA also urge people to ask the council to help by pressuring them for more bins, public information notices and posters.
Complaints about street cleaning and the enforcement of the law regarding dog poo can be made to firstname.lastname@example.org or 01273 292929.