We have probably all trodden in dog excrement at some time, and cursed the dog, but more especially the owner, as we spent ages trying to remove it from the bottom of our shoes!
Apart from the nuisance factor, though, there are significant health risks, especially to children, from dog fouling, both from the obvious bacteria carried, and from some unpleasant parasites.
With very few exceptions, it is an offence to allow a dog to foul on open land to which the public have access. Anyone responsible for the dog must clear up any excrement, and failure to do so could result in legal action being taken.
Epping Forest District Council, and several of the Parish Councils, maintain over 100 dog waste bins throughout the area, which are regularly emptied by our waste contractor. Even where there is no dog waste bin, a normal litter bin can be used if the excrement is properly wrapped in a plastic bag.
The environment and neighbourhoods team will investigate complaints made about dog fouling and may issue on-the-spot Fixed Penalty Notices or follow up witnessed fouling with legal action.