Barry says: Clear up after your dog

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A DOG warden is warning residents about the dangers of not cleaning up after their dogs.

Rutland County Council dog warden Barry Briggs says dog fouling in the county increases as the nights draw in and is reminding dog owners that it is illegal to leave dog mess in certain areas.

Under The Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996 the designated land where it is illegal to let your dog foul includes roads, footpaths, school playing fields, sports fields and parks.

The penalty is a fine of up to £1,000.

Mr Briggs said: “Many members of the public do not realise the risks they are posing to others by not cleaning up after their dogs.

“Young children are particularly at risk as they may fall in areas where dogs have fouled.

“If you have a garden you can encourage your dog to “go” there rather than in a public place.

“If you walk your dog always carry the means to clear up after your dog. A simple plastic bag will do the trick or obtain poop scoops from a local pet shop.”