- Category: Animals and pests
- Last Updated: 30 November 2016
Information on Council campaigns to reduce dog fouling and the penalties for not clearing up after your dog.
Ryedale District Council, North Yorkshire Police, North Yorkshire County Council and Safer Ryedale Partnership work in partnership to tackle dog fouling, one of the main anti social complaints identified by the Ryedale community.
The partners work together on a Programme called "Take the Lead, Take the Bag". The programme aims to ensure that people are aware of their responsibilities to pick up after their dogs.
Many town and parish councils already have dog waste bins at key points in their area and some also have bag dispensers near the waste bins, to further encourage dog owners to pick up after their dog.
We have, with the agreement of North Yorkshire County Council, already sprayed stencils on the ground in dog fouling hot spots to remind irresponsible dog owners to pick up and bin their dog waste.
For more information, please see the Take the Lead, Take the Bag leaflet.
Anyone in charge of a dog, who does not immediately clear up, is liable for a fine by the issue of a Fixed Penalty Notice. This applies on any land which the Council has designated under the Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996.
Failure to pay within 14 days, or repeat offenders, may be prosecuted in the magistrate's court and may face a penalty of up to £1000.
Fixed Penalty Notices may be issued by the Council's Dog Warden and Animal Welfare Officer, local authority officers, Police Officers, Police Community Support Officers or any person with designated powers.
The law applies to all areas of land in the open air, which is publicly accessible, with or without payment. This includes mostly publicly accessible areas within the 40mph speed restriction area of most towns and villages, play areas, sports fields, public parks, picnic areas, graveyards, the grounds of places of public worship and village greens.
For more information please contact the Dog Warden or telephone 01653 600666.