Meriden Parish Council is receiving more complaints regarding dog fouling and irresponsible owners failing to “scoop the poop”

Dog fouling continues to be a problem in Meriden Parish. Once again we would like to remind you that if you take out a dog you must clean up after its mess, regardless of whether you are the owner or not. This anti-social behaviour is taken very seriously by the Police and Local Councils. As well as being an unsightly, unpleasant nuisance, dog mess can also be a health hazard. This is why Meriden Sports Park is a dog-free zone.

It is an offence to allow a dog to foul in a public place, without clearing the mess up; reference The Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005, previously The Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996.

Solihull environmental health officers make regular patrols and respond to complaints. For first time offenders fixed penalty notices of £75 (reduced to £50 if paid within 5 days) are given. Persistent offenders can be fined up to £1000 and have gone to jail in Solihull for such an offence.

Reports of dog fouling can be done online @ http://www.solihull.gov.uk/Resident/Pests-pollution-food-hygiene/animal/dogfouling

Please be vigilant and responsible.