Dog Owners

10th Sep 2015

Following the decision by Ashford Borough Council to cease provision of free dog waste bags, Tenterden Town Council has prepared some information about responsible dog ownership. 

Owning a dog brings a great deal of enjoyment but also carries with it many responsibilities. If owners are not aware of these responsibilities then communities can grow to dislike the dogs in their area, and anti-dog attitudes can develop.

Cleaning up after your dog is one of the key areas of responsibility for dog owners, especially when in public spaces. Owners can be prosecuted under the Dog Fouling of the Land Act 1996 if they allow their dog to foul in public open spaces and do not clear up after it - you may face a considerable fine if you do not. Please carry bags with you at all times to pick up your dog’s mess; simply keep a plastic bag in your pocket when out walking. 

Many puppies are infested with roundworm parasites from birth, as a pregnant dog can pass the parasites to her puppies before they're born. All dogs require regular de-worming (please consult a vet for information). The parasite eggs are responsible for an illness in humans called toxocariasis, which can lead to blindness. The eggs can survive for many months in soil, so all pet faeces must be collected and disposed of.

You can put bagged dog mess in any public litter bin – you do not need to search for a dog waste bin. Litter bins are emptied very much more regularly than dog bins, so you don’t need to worry too much about it causing a smell. 

Help us to reduce complaints about dogs and their owners in Tenterden by keeping public spaces foul free. The Kennel Club can offer advice and dog training to help you deal with this issue.