Allowing your dog to foul a public area is not environmentally acceptable.
- It damages your local environment
- It increases tension between non-dog and dog owners
- It ruins everyone's enjoyment of walking in our open areas
- It prevents children running freely or playing sports on open grassland
- It turns a walk to the shops into a battle with dog faeces
- It is a very unpleasant substance to wash off shoes, clothing or children
- It can spread disease
Healthy Dog, Happy Dog
Dog faeces can contain worm eggs, which remain on, or in the soil long after the faeces has weathered away. The eggs can be ingested by other dogs, thus continuing the cycle. Your walk could result in your dog becoming infected through contact with another dog's faeces.
Dog faeces may affect young children if the worm eggs are ingested.
To prevent infection between dogs and to keep your dog free from worms, remember to worm your dog frequently - at least every six months.
Bins for disposal are widely available in many streets throughout the area. Responsible dog owners always pick up after their dogs.
Approximately four tonnes of dog faeces are picked up from dog waste bins in Shetland every year. Responsible dog owners are to be congratulated on this accomplishment.
Dogs and the Law, what does it say?
If anybody sees a dog owner who doesn't clean up after his or her dog and they can identify them, they should report this to Environmental Health or the Police.
The Dog Fouling (Scotland) Act 2003 has made it an offence not to clean up after your dog in any public place, with a fixed penalty of £80.
Read the information sheet A Dog Owner's Guide To The Dog Fouling (Scotland) Act 2003