A quarter of dog owners fall foul of dog poo rules

Do you ensure you have at least two poo bags with you every time you take your dog for a walk? A new law could see people faced with an on-the-spot fine of £80 if they don't!

A quarter of dog walkers confess that they don’t pick up their pet’s poo, research reveals.*

Almost half of owners in Gloucester admitted that they don’t bother clearing up their mutt’s mess – yet all have managed to escape a dog fouling fine.

Despite people being more likely to pick up after their dog, Wrexham has been named the dog poo capital of the UK, as residents estimate they see an average of six different dog poos each day.

The research found that owners in Leeds are picking up the most fines for allowing their dog to foul, as over a quarter admitted they had been hit with a fine. Leeds was followed by Coventry (25%) and Wrexham (20%).

The average fine in Britain, for retreating after excreting is currently £262.

But one in ten owners – that’s a whopping 850,000 people – are at risk of a hefty new fine that’s being rolled out across the nation.

The new law, launched in Kent, means that dog walkers caught without a supply of more than two poo bags, face an on-the-spot fine of £80 – rising as high as £1,000 if they refuse to pay up.

Given that the average dog has a bowel movement three times daily, that’s a staggering 25.5 million poos being laid across the nation each day.

The poll showed that the rules are welcomed by over half (57%) of people, with one in five faltering in faeces at least once in the last year.

Under current legislation regarding dog fouling in public places, 8% of respondents said they had so far avoided faeces fees.

However, some owners are trying their best to clean up after their pet, with the average person remembering to carry three poo bags per walk.

A quarter (24%) of people have even cleaned up after someone else’s animal with the average person spotting four abandoned poos in a day.

*New research from

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