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Animal fouling

Under the Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996, any person who permits a dog that is in their charge to foul any area to which the public has access is committing an offence. The local authority may provide bins in parks and other public areas to which may be used by dog owners. The local authority are responsible for monitoring dog fouling and for initiating court proceedings against offenders. In Scotland the Dog Fouling (Scotland) Act 2003 makes it an offence not to clear up after your dog. Offenders face a fixed penalty of which increases if not paid within 28 days. Offenders can also be reported to the Procurator Fiscal and may be fined up to £500 if convicted.