Thoughtless dog owners, ‘we’re watching you’
Waddesdon Parish Council has joined forces with environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy in a bid to reduce dog fouling in key problem areas of Waddesdon. (click link for more information: We’re Watching You Press Release )
Dog Waste Bins – Information & Dog-fouling – this map shows the location of all 13 collaboratively managed Dog Waste Bins in the Parish of Waddesdon.
The bins are normally emptied weekly by a contractor on behalf of Aylesbury Vale District Council.
If you discover a full or damaged Dog Waste Bin please make a note of the bin’s unique number (AV***) and either call the AVDC phone number located on the front of the bin or use the on-line form here to report the issue directly to the council.
Dog fouling in Waddesdon
Dog fouling has been spotted on a regular basis along our footpaths, at our recreation park and on our football ground. This inconsiderate behaviour from a minority of dog owners is completely unacceptable and causes particular problems on the approach to Waddesdon CE Secondary School, Waddesdon Primary School and Little Oaks Pre-School where it gets onto the wheels of pushchairs, onto children’s shoes and then onto the carpets in the schools, where children then have to sit and touch the flooring with their hands.
How serious is this?
Dog mess is not only unpleasant, it is a risk to health. The biggest threat to public health from dog excrement is toxocariasis, an infection of the roundworm toxocara canis. The eggs of the parasite can be found in soil or sand contaminated with faeces and if swallowed, result in infection that lasts between six and 24 months. Symptoms include eye disorders, vague ache, dizziness, nausea, asthma and, in extremely rare cases, seizures/fits. Toxocariasis most commonly affects small children as they tend to put their hands in their mouths after crawling around.
It is an offence for dog owners to fail to clear up any dog foul left by their dogs.
Offenders can be issued with a fixed penalty notice or a fine of up to £1,000 if the case goes to court. Being unaware that your dog has fouled or not having a suitable means of clearing up after your dog is no excuse – you should carry poop scoop bags whenever you are out with your dog.
Where do I have to clear up after my dog?
You should clean up after your dog wherever you are. Kicking dog waste into the gutters is not acceptable. Nor is kicking it under a hedge.
Where can I dispose of my dog’s waste?
There are currently 13 dog waste bins in Waddesdon alone. However, you can dispose of dog waste in suitable bags in any public litter bin, of which there are 7 in Waddesdon, so there are numerous opportunities for you to dispose of your waste as you walk through our village. You can also take your dog waste home and dispose of it in your green general household waste bin.
What else can I do to help keep Waddesdon clear of dog waste?
Please report all incidents of dog fouling on our footpaths to the Aylesbury Vale District Council dog warden service on 01296 585605 / email firstname.lastname@example.org and to PCSO Tom Chalk on 101. AVDC can implement more frequent cleansing visits or patrols by the dog warden if they are aware of a large-scale problem and Thames Valley Police has the power to enforce fines and prosecute.
If you witness someone allowing their dog to foul, please report them to both the AVDC dog warden service and PCSO Tom Chalk using the contact details above. Photographic evidence on your mobile phone would be very helpful in securing a prosecution.
Let’s work together to prove that dog fouling in our public open spaces and on our footpaths will not be tolerated and culprits will be reported and fined.