Dog mess is the most unacceptable and offensive type of litter on our streets. Our research tells us that dog fouling is the issue the public are most concerned about. In fact in 2010, 37% of you told us it was the item that most bothered you.

Dog fouling is not only deeply unpleasant, it is dangerous. Whilst rare, contact with dog excrement can cause toxocariasis – a nasty infection that can lead to dizziness, nausea, asthma and even blindness and seizures.

It’s no wonder dog fouling is such a problem – there are estimated to more than 8 million dogs producing more than 1,000 tonnes of mess every day in the UK alone.

While many dog owners are caring, responsible individuals, there are still some people who do not clean up after their pets. While there has been a reduction in dog fouling in recent years, a recent survey of over 10,000 sites found dog foul left in 7% of places.

Anyone who fails to clear up after their dog can be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice. If the case goes to court this could set the owner or person in charge of the animal back up to £1,000.

The law even states that being unaware a dog has fouled or not having a suitable bag is not a reasonable excuse.

If someone does fail to clean up after their pet, it falls to the council to get rid of it. More than 90% of councils have dog wardens.

Keep Britain Tidy has campaigned very successfully on the issue of dog fouling. In 2010, our high-profile ‘There’s no such thing as the dog poo fairy’ led to massive reductions in dog fouling in participating council areas. Some communities saw a decrease of up to 90%, while on average a reduction of 43% was recorded across the 94 participating local authorities.

Through our campaigns, we have also highlighted to dog owners that any bin will do for their pet’s mess. While some councils do provide dedicated dog-fouling bins, any public bin can take the waste. There is no excuse to leave it.

Find out more about our Dog Poo Fairy campaign or why not get involved with The Big Scoop.

If you feel strongly about this issue, why not sign up to become a Keep Britain Tidy supporter and show you are committed to tackling this problem. We will keep you updated on all the work we are doing to put an end to it. We can also give you free posters and stickers to put up in your area.

If you have information about someone who is failing to clean up after their pet you can report it to the police, your local council or dog warden.