I was on the beach in Devon, watching my children play in the sand. The weather was glorious, and the scene was picture postcard perfect. Then a dog bounded across the beach, squatted to urinate and defecate, and bounded off again. The owner, to her credit, picked up the poo, but did nothing about the patch of urine; before I could react, my three-year-old son had run through it, barefoot.
The estimated 6.5 to 7.4 million dogs in Britain leave 1,000 tonnes of faeces in public places every day. This is one of the highest causes for complaint to MPs; research conducted by Keep Britain Tidy has found that 70 per cent of local authorities have a dog fouling problem.
Although local authorities and town and parish councils have the power to impose a Dog Control Order on offenders, which can lead to a fine between £75 and £1,000, it is rarely implemented. The environmental charity ENCAMS has carried out research to establish a profile of the typical inconsiderate dog owner. The commonest quotes include “[the fine] could be £50,000 but who is going to enforce it?”, “I doubt [being fined] would ever happen,” and “I don’t know anybody who has been fined”. Continue reading on the Telegraph website