Cornwall Council is reminding people to pick up their pets’ mess following an increase in reports of dog fouling during lockdown.

Under the Antisocial Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act, it is an offence to allow a dog to foul in a public place and fail to remove the faeces.

People who don’t pick up their dog’s poo could be issued a Fixed Penalty Notice of £100. If unpaid, a prosecution could result in a fine of up to £1,000.

“We’re watching you” anti-dog fouling campaign

Last year’s “We’re watching you” anti-dog fouling pilot achieved an average reduction in dog fouling by 72.5% across eleven hot spots. Local councils are working with Cornwall Council to target another seven sites this year with “We’re watching you” signs.

Local councils or community groups can apply to take part in the next phase of the 2021 We’re Watching You campaign by emailing cep@cornwall.gov.uk.  If you would like to volunteer to run a campaign for St Dennis please contact the Parish Council Office on 01726 821700 or email clerk@stdennisparishcouncil.org.uk

How to report dog fouling 

If you witness a fouling incident, you can report it via the Cornwall Council website or by calling 0300 1234 212.

You’ll need to give the time and date of incident, a brief description of the person, the dog and what happened. In order for Cornwall Council to investigate the matter you’ll also need to provide either the name and/or address of the individual or, if relevant, their vehicle registration number.