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HELP STOP DOG FOULING ISSUES

DOG fouling spoils the environment, upsets local residents and can cause serious health risks particularly to children. The Parish Council is tackling an increase in dog fouling in Fishburn and has launched a campaign of education, engagement and enforcement, as well as street signage and increased warden patrols to encourage residents to be responsible dog owners and help us keep Fishburn clean. It is an offence, under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, if you do not clean up your dog's waste.

Report dog fouling at:

https://www.durham.gov.uk/article/4496/Report-dog-fouling

or by telephone: 03000 26 1000 if you see someone failing to clean up their dog's mess.  All reports are dealt with in confidence. Durham County Council needs as much information as possible, such as: date and time of incident; location; description of the dog; description of offender (dog owner) and address (where applicable); vehicle registration number.

You could be issued with a fixed penalty notice of £80. If taken to court, you could face a maximum fine of £1,000. It takes very little time and effort to clean up after your dog and it is no defence to claim ignorance of the dog's actions. Always carry a 'poop-a-scoop' when walking your dog and pick up after your pet. A carrier bag or nappy sack is all you need.

Need help locating care and support?

Locate, Durham County Council’s online directory for care and support information contains over 3,500 services and activities to support adults to live independently.

A new development on Locate, called ‘My needs’ gives people the opportunity to consider how or where they may require a little extra help in their daily lives. 

By answering a few simple questions, those with care and support needs may be able to find services to help them. Visit www.durhamlocate.org.uk and try the ‘My needs’ feature. You can also access Locate on the Elephant Kiosk in your GP surgery.