SB Connect Winter 2016

Playing it dirty gets a red card

Sports fields and playgrounds are being reclaimed for children with a major new initiative from the Council.

Using adverts and posters, dog walkers are being urged to keep their dogs off areas where children play and to make sure their pets do not foul on them.

Wardens and other Council officials will be reinforcing the law which states that people responsible for dogs must clear up dog dirt from their animal.

Keeping dogs off play areas is particularly important because children are especially vulnerable to the diseases that dog faeces carries. Dog dirt harbours a number of diseases, particularly Toxocara Canis, a roundworm.

The Dog Fouling (Scotland) Act 2003 means that if you do not clean up after your dog, you face a fixed penalty of £40, which can go up to £60 if not paid within 28 days. Offenders can be reported to the Procurator Fiscal and may be fined up to £500 if convicted.

Report dog fouling anonymously: call Freephone 0300 100 1800 or email dogfouling@scotborders.gov.uk