Although Sutton-in-Craven is a great place to live, there are still dog owners who do not pick up after their dogs. Particular concern has been expressed about the messes along school routes i.e. Wet Ings Lane, Gatering Lane. This is not only distressing to children, but carries serious health risks.
If you walk a dog, even one belonging to someone else, you are responsible for clearing up after it.
Under the Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act of 1996, anybody who lets their dog foul land open to public access and does not clear up afterwards can be given a fixed penalty notice.
It can also be an offence under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to allow large amounts of dog faeces to build up in your garden.
Dog faeces can cause problems to users of parks and sports grounds and nobody likes it left outside their front gate. It can carry diseases including Toxocariasis, which can lead to serious illness, including blindness. This can be a particular risk for children.
So please pick up after your dog and keep Sutton-in-Craven free from illegal dog fouling.