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Pick it up and bin it

by Alison Cornmell

Knowsley’s dog owners are reminded of their responsibilities to pick up after their pooches, or they could face a fine of up to £1,000.

Following increased reports of fouling across the borough, residents are urged to pick up after their dog and throw it away in the nearest bin. If there is no public bin nearby it can be disposed of in the household (maroon) wheelie bin when returning home.

Sadly, Knowsley Council’s Environmental Health Team are receiving ongoing reports of people not picking up their dog’s waste which is an offence and if witnessed will result in £100 fine. More recently, they are hearing accounts of people putting dog waste in plastic bags but throwing them into trees, bushes and next to footpaths. This is considered littering and those found to be disposing of dog waste in such a way could face a fine of £150.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Cabinet Member for Communities & Neighbourhoods said: “We know that most residents are responsible owners and pick up after their dogs. However, the selfish and irresponsible actions of the few compromises the enjoyment of our streets, neighbourhoods and our beautiful parks and green spaces for everyone.”

The reminder comes after Knowsley Council announced the renewal of its Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) for the control of dogs. This grants the council the power to hold dog owners to account for dog fouling, including the power to issue Fixed Penalty Notices if the rules aren’t followed. Anyone found guilty of breaching the order is liable on summary conviction to a fine of up to £1,000.  A Fixed Penalty to the sum of £100 may also be issued as an alternative to prosecution.

Cllr Powell continued: “The recent renewal of the PSPO demonstrates our commitment to ensuring cleaner and safer communities for our residents. We encourage and urge Knowsley’s dog owners to dispose of their dog’s waste responsibly and consider their fellow residents and communities.

“Dog fouling can also be dangerous and, while it is thankfully rare, contact with dog excrement can cause a nasty infection that can lead to dizziness, nausea, asthma and even blindness or seizures.”

Further info about the recently renewed PSPO can be found here and a roundup of the rules are as follows:

  • Always carry a bag or other means of cleaning up after your dog at all times and dispose of in the nearest bin or your maroon bin if there are no public bins nearby
  • Keep your dog on a lead at all times in council-owned cemeteries, allotments and golf courses.
  • Don’t take your dog into enclosed children’s play areas, games areas or areas used for sport and leisure.
  • Remove your dog’s mess if it fouls.
  • Put your dog on a lead if instructed to do so by an authorised officer.