Concerns have been raised about the problem of dog fouling in the local area. Parks, grassed areas, ginnels and pathways are used and enjoyed by all of the community and should be left in a clean and hygienic condition. Dog excrement is not only unpleasant, it is a health risk. Children can be particularly affected by a condition called toxocara which can lead to blindness.
The vast majority of dog owners are responsible and clean up after their dog(s), however there are a minority of owners that create significant problems.
Leeds City Council have a range of powers to take action to deal with irresponsible dog owners. These are known as Public Spaces Protection Orders. This means that if you fail to clean up after your dog you will be fined £100 or prosecuted with a maximum fine of £1,000. This applies to land which is open to the air and to which the public are entitled or permitted to have access with or without payment. You must also carry an appropriate means to pick up dog faeces such as a poop scoop, disposable bag or other suitable container.