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Dog Fouling

Sadly this is a problem in the community caused by selfish and unthinking dog owners. It is possible to do something about it though. It is an issue worthy of being intolerant. Amber Valley Borough Council do have a dog warden. From their web site

As a Local Authority, Amber Valley Borough Council has a duty to provide a Dog Warden service to enforce dog fouling byelaws. The main law enforced by Amber Valley Borough Council covering fouling is The Dogs Fouling of Land Act 1996. This law makes it an offence to allow your dog to defecate and not clean it up.

Poop Scoop bags are widely available free of charge throughout the Borough.

Dog faeces is a health hazard and can cause blindness in young children.

Our wardens continually strive to catch offenders and will always prosecute. Fines can be up to �1000.

Amber Valley will also prosecute on a witness statement. A witness could be a neighbour or a complete stranger. Forgetting a poop scoop bag is not an acceptable excuse � you will still be prosecuted.

Making a Complaint

If you wish to make a complaint regarding dog fouling, please contact the Helpline. We aim to respond to your complaint within 5 working days which will include patrols and erecting signage where appropriate.

Any information you supply will remain confidential.

It can also be very useful if a diary is kept on dates, times and brief descriptions etc as this can assist the wardens when patrolling the area.

Witness Statements

If you are prepared to act as a witness to dog fouling incidents this can help us to bring successful prosecutions.

REMEMBER � ALWAYS CLEAN UP AFTER YOUR DOG

Contact Details

Telephone 01773 841335 � This is a direct line to the Dog Warden Service Helpline. This line is open 8.30 to 4.30 Monday to Friday except Wednesday when the line is closed from 9.00 to 10.00 due to staff training and development

Telephone 01773 570222 � 9:00 to 4:30

Telephone 01773 841317 � Dog Warden Service Fax Helpline

Email address env.health@ambervalley.gov.uk � responded to within 5 working days.