No dog fouling sign - scoop the poop!

It’s the scourge of the streets and costs an estimated £22 million a year to clean up.

Yes, dog poo is undoubtedly a topic that causes ill feeling towards many dog owners, even though the majority are responsible and clean up after their pets.

Not picking up after your dog is illegal and you can expect an on-the-spot fine of anywhere from £50 to £80 if you’re caught leaving behind an unwanted package. If you don’t pay, expect a visit to court and a fine of up to £1,000 – that would pay for a lot of poo bags!

Dog fouling is such a problem in some areas that local authorities are turning to desperate measures to tackle it.

One council in London, Barking (yes, really!) and Dagenham have started a pilot scheme to DNA test dog poo to track down the culprit and their responsible owner.

It could be closely followed by a parish council in Essex that is planning on the extreme measure to tackle the problem around its village school and shops.

Poop scoop options

So how can you make sure you’re not caught out if your dog’s caught short?

Poo bags are a must. The Grab and Bag Waste Scooper is a hygienic option if you don’t want to get up close and personal to the poo and can also hold your waste bags.

There’s also a handy torch that holds a roll of sacks which is especially useful for early mornings and dark nights and can easily fit in your pocket.

There really is no excuse not to scoop that poop!

Responsible dog owners scoop the poop
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