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Cleaning up after your dog

You must clean up after your dog in all public places in Carmarthenshire.

Please dispose of your dog mess carefully. If out walking, please use the number of public litter bins throughout the county.

If possible, encourage your dog to use your garden (toilet training at puppy stage can help). You can buy specially designed ‘doggy loos’. This works just like a bin, half buried in your garden - except that you never need to empty it, as natural processes then break the contents down and disperse them harmlessly into the soil. Dog loos are available from a number of local pet stores and can also be ordered by phone or online from pet product suppliers.

If you do have to dispose of dog mess in your black bag make sure it is double-wrapped and mixed in with other types of waste.

Grab It, Bag it, Bin It!

  • Always keep a good supply of plastic bags near your dog’s lead (supermarket carrier bags make great poop scoops) so you don’t forget when you go out for a walk. Simply insert your hand in the plastic bag and pick up your dog’s waste.
  • Carefully turn the plastic bag inside out and your dog’s mess will then be ‘bagged’.
  • Dispose of your bag in a public litter bin. 

In addition to the unpleasant smell and the mess created when it gets on pram wheels, wheelchairs, shoes and clothing, there is a potential health risk associated with dog faeces.

Toxocara canis is a roundworm that lives in the dog’s gut. Eggs are passed out with the faeces and can survive in the soil for up to three years. The eggs hatch into larvae which, if ingested, will enter the bloodstream. The human blood is an alien environment and the larvae will remain dormant. However, if a larva lodges in the small blood capillaries behind the eye, it can cause partial loss of vision. Although this is very rare and the body’s defences will normally destroy the larvae, cleaning up after your dog will remove the risk.

The order requires the person in charge of a dog to clean up after it immediately, if their dog defecates on any land where the order applies.

The requirement to clean up after your dog will apply to all public places in the county of Carmarthenshire. However, the owner, occupier or person in control of a public place can opt out of the order, so it will not apply to their land.

For these purposes, a "public place" means any place to which the public or any section of the public has access, on payment or otherwise, as of right or by virtue of express or implied permission.

This includes indoor areas that are used by the public.

Yes, the requirement to clean up after your dog will apply to all public land that falls within the description set out above, including areas of land in private ownership that are used by the public (or a section of the public).

However, the owner, occupier or person in control of a piece of public land can give the person in charge of a dog permission not to clean up after their dog on the land. They can give this permission to individuals, to groups of people, or to everyone that uses their land. By giving this permission to everyone, they can opt out of the order, so it will not apply to the land.

Yes, public rights of way qualify as land which is open to air and to which the public are entitled or permitted to have access.

Some footpaths go across private land but the public have a right to be using them; therefore if your dog fouls on the route of a footpath and you fail to clean up you can be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice.

We would advise you to always take a poop scoop or carrier bag with you when you take your dog for a walk.

You must not leave bags of dog faeces lying around, even if you intend to pick them up later. If you do so, you will be committing a criminal offence under section 87 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (for littering). Containers and deodorised bags can make them easier to carry.

When you are out walking your dog it is your responsibility to watch your dog at all times and to ensure you clean up after it. Being unaware of the defecation (whether by reason of not being in the vicinity or otherwise), or not having a suitable means of removing the faeces, is not a reasonable excuse for failing to comply with the order.

If your dog defecates on public land, the bagged dog waste can be placed in any public litter bin, dog waste bin or household waste bin.

Yes. This part of the order will not apply to a person who:

(a) is registered as partially sighted or blind in a register compiled under section 29 of the National Assistance Act 1948; or

(b) is registered as “sight-impaired”, “severely sight-impaired” or as “having sight and hearing impairments which, in combination, have a significant effect on their day to day lives”, in a register compiled under section 18 of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014; or

(c) has a disability which affects his mobility, manual dexterity, physical coordination, or ability to lift, carry, or otherwise move everyday objects, such that he cannot reasonably be expected to remove the faeces; or

(d) has some other disability, such that he cannot reasonably be expected to remove the faeces.

For the purposes of the order, a “disability” means a condition that qualifies as a disability for the purposes of the Equality Act 2010.

 

Page updated on: 01/07/2016

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