Do The Right Thing – Ann’s Story

6 May 2014

Written by: Cleaner and Greener Campaigns Team

Better streets, parks and open spaces > Do the Right Thing

As part of the Do The Right Thing campaign we met Ann, a responsible dog owner who always cleans up after her dog and helps others do the same.

Do The Right Thing - Ann's story

While there are many responsible dog owners in Lambeth, a small minority are making the streets unpleasant by not cleaning up after their dog.

We spoke with one responsible owner, Ann, who not only makes sure she cleans up after her own dog, but will often clear up other dog mess she sees. Ann says, “it’s important to not leave dog mess on the street. It’s a health hazard and it doesn’t take a lot to carry a bag and dispose of your dog’s mess in any bin. Just like many other responsible dog owners I feel there is no excuse not to do the right thing.”

Why is dog mess a problem?

Dog mess is not just unpleasant and smelly, it is also dangerous and can contain a variety of different bacteria or parasites.

The most dangerous of these is Toxocariasis, carried by roundworm commonly found in dogs. This disease can cause abdominal pain, a skin rash or even loss of vision if it reaches the eyes. It is particularly harmful to children, pregnant women and other vulnerable people.

Children are most at risk of catching diseases and bacteria from dog mess as they are more likely to touch their shoes, or the wheels of toys and scooters.

Disposing of dog waste into public litter bins in Lambeth

In Lambeth, dog mess can be placed in any public litter bin as long as it is double bagged. Dedicated dog waste bins are also provided in open areas such as parks. If you do not have any poop scoop bags with you, you can pick one up for free from our street cleaners or any park wardens.

It is the responsibility of the dog owner or the person in charge of the dog to clear up any dog mess left by their dog. If you fail to clean up after your dog you can be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice, or if the case goes to court a fine of up to £1,000.