Sunday, 29 June 2008

British Dog's Eggs

In England and Wales, the Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996 allows authorities to designate any land in their area as a place in which owners must clear up any mess from their dogs.

The land must be publicly accessible and open to the air but cannot include roads with a speed limit of 40mph or over, or farming land. The normal on-the-spot fine is £50 but this can rise to £1 000 if contested in court.

Different laws govern Northern Ireland and Scotland, where the maximum fine is £500.

Some more doggie doos:
  • There are more than six million dogs in the UK
  • They produce 900 tonnes of faeces a day
  • Dog fouling costs councils £22 million a year to clear up
  • Ocular larva migrans is the kind of toxocariasis that can affect the eyes
  • There are on average 12 cases each year
I wonder why it is OK to dump a turd on roads with speed limits of 40 mph or higher?

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