Appeal to dog owners

Appeal to dog owners

Silloth-on-Solway Town Council are appealing to dog owners to be responsible and to pick up after their pets. Dog fouling is a real issue on the sports pitches at the Eden Street sports ground but also on the Green and other areas around the town.

The main reason for dog fouling laws is because dog faeces is unhygienic and a health hazard. On 19 October 2020, a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) came into force for the prohibition of dog fouling in Allerdale which applies to all public spaces.

Dog fouling is unsightly, unpleasant and can lead to toxocariasis in humans. Dog faeces should be disposed of immediately in a responsible manner. Once you’ve picked up after your dog either take the poo bag home to dispose of or dispose of it in a nearby bin. Dog waste can be disposed of in any litter bin.

The majority of dog owners are responsible people, who pick up after their dog and dispose of the poo bags properly but the irresponsible ones need to think about the consequences of not clearing up after their pet. Never mind the potential health risks – getting it on to your shoes or clothes is no laughing matter.

Please continue to report instances of dog fouling to Allerdale Borough Council using the MyAllerdale app, as this will allow them to undertake effective enforcement. It takes less than a minute to register to be able to submit and track the progress of enquiries and reports on-line. Once registered you can report problems 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through the website or by downloading the free myAllerdale app to your smart phone or tablet.

The more information you are able to provide the better, such as:
• the name and address of the person in charge of the dog
• a description of the dog
• when and where the offence took place
• including any photos or video footage

Alternatively, you can email Claire McAvoy at Allerdale direct:

We want the public to work with us to tackle the problem, keep our open spaces clean and take a pride in our town.