How big is the problem?
Dog fouling has actually reduced over the last decade.
Estimates put the UK dog population at 8 million (Petfood Manufacturers Association, 2010), producing 1,000 tonnes of faeces every day (Cuthbert Jackson, Dog Warden News, 2002)
In 2004/05 the average number of complaints to local authorities was 194 per authority (Keep Britain Tidy, Control of Dogs Survey, 2005/06)
95% of the British public are worried by the amount of dog fouling in public places (Local Government Association)
91% of councils employ a dog warden (Keep Britain Tidy, Control of Dogs Survey, 2005)
Not only is dog fouling unpleasant, it’s dangerous. You can contract Toxocariasis from dog mess, which can lead to blindness
Local Environmental Quality Survey of England 2009/10
Dog fouling has fallen by 1% from the previous year. It was evident on 7% of sites surveyed.