Dog owners in Northamptonshire will be fined up to £1,000 if they cannot produce a ‘poop bag’ for their pet when walking them under a new law that could be adopted by a council.
In a bid to reduce the amount of dog owners failing to clear up after their pets, Daventry District Council is considering using new powers in the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, which forces people to produce poop bags or containers or risk being given a fixed penalty notice of £100.
The new law will be enforced by dog wardens and, failure to pay the fine, may result in the dog owner being taken to court and being fined up to £1,000.
Maria Taylor, community manager for Daventry District Council, who has written a report on the potential adoption of the new law said it was accepted that it could be “controversial.”
She said: “It is recognised that the additional powers which form part of this consultation have the potential to be controversial.
“However, dog fouling continues to be a major concern for our residents and the narrow confined path around Daventry Country Park is a cause of concern to many persons who have to pass close to dogs that are not under proper control.”
It is recognised that the additional powers which form part of this constitution have the potential to be controversialMaria Taylor, community manager for Daventry District Council
The council, which already uses three dog control orders (DCOs) targeting dog foul, dogs in play areas and dogs on leads, currently receives more than 40 complaints about dog attacks and more than 120 complaints about dog fouling.
However, the report which is due to be discussed at a Strategy Group meeting on Thursday, states this figure “fails to reflect the real level of concern across the district” as many residents report their concerns to their parish rather than the district council.
Before the council decides to introduce the new laws a 10-week consultation will be carried out to see if it has public support.
If the new power is adopted, the council said is also planning a substantial educational campaign and the use of an “informal approach” in the first few months of it being introduced.