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Grab it. Bag it. Bin it.

Dog excrement in the village is increasingly becoming an issue – particularly bad spots are on Church Street and on Station Road near the junction with Grange Lane. South Northants Council has adopted the Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996 which enables them to designate land where the 'poop-scoop' law applies. The designated land includes roads, footpaths, school playing fields, sports fields and parks. It is an offence for a dog owner not to clean up after their dog in these areas. Failure to comply can result in a prosecution and fine up to £1,000. It is no defence to claim ignorance of the dog's actions.

As a dog owner:

· If you have a garden encourage the dog to 'go' there. You can then bury the mess or alternatively clean it up and bin it.

· 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 or the Council offices. Remember to take a bag or poop-scoop like you'd remember a lead.

· Every time your dog fouls "bag it and bin it". Take the poop scoop home and dispose of it there or use a bin if available. Remember rain does not wash the problem away.

· Never let your dog out alone to "go to the loo".

· It is every dog owner’s duty to clean up after their dog.

As a witness:

· If you see offenders you can report them anonymously to Helen Hunt, dog warden. She needs to know the location and time the dog is usually walked together with a description of the owner and dog. Please call on 01327 322277 or email: environmental.protection@southnorthants.gov.uk.

Thank you for your co-operation!

Liz Hart
Parish Clerk
Helmdon Parish Council
Tel: (01295) 760130
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