Dog owners are often branded irresponsible for not cleaning up their puppy’s dirt in public – however, part of the problem could be the lack of proper waste bins.
According to a new study by the team at dog-centric blog The dogs , up to 69 percent of pet owners have difficulty finding dog poop containers to properly dispose of their feces.
It’s so bad that another 88 percent – or nearly nine in ten – say they don’t let their puppy take care of them on walks, but rather in their own garden at home.
The team specified : “Our survey suggests that part of the problem is the lack of public bins.
“Almost three quarters of our respondents said they had difficulty finding dog crates. And if you look at the UK councils and garbage disposal, the problem gets worse.
“Many councils are struggling with a lack of funds, which leads to essential services being cut or reduced.
They added, “That is certainly not a valid excuse; Most dog owners carry the used bag until they find a trash can or take it home where they can scrupulously toss it into their own black trash can, but it explains some of the bad behavior.
Another 88 percent of respondents agreed that there is a problem with disposing of dog poop in the UK, with four in five (82 percent) saying it’s not okay to leave dog poop in fields, parks or grass next to paths.
Interestingly, however, 82 percent also said they discovered dog poop in an “unsuitable place” in the past month.
Dog owners who fail to clear dog poop in areas covered by public space protection can be fined £ 80 on site or end up paying £ 1,000 if brought before the local magistrate’s court.
This law was introduced as part of the Anti-Social Behavior, Crime and Policing Act 2014 and applies in England and Wales.
As for Scotland, it is a criminal offense under the Dog Fouling (Scotland) Act 2003 for a person in charge of a dog not to clean up after defecation in a public place.
The maximum penalty for the offense is € 500.
The contribution of the dog team added : “In a world where population growth is causing us to share our outdoor spaces with more people than ever before, this is worse than poor social etiquette – it is a crime that can lead to the spread of disease and unwanted parasites . ”
Dog parents have also been warned not to flush their dog’s feces in the toilet.
This is because it may contain toxocara (roundworm), which can potentially survive the high temperatures and conditions that used water from toilets and sinks is exposed when treated.