1. Dog controls
From the 1 April 2019 we introduced a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) aimed at reducing irresponsible dog ownership and making Teignbridge an even cleaner and greener place.
You can be fined if your dog is out of control in public or you do not pick up after it.
Dog fouling is unsightly and unpleasant and must be picked up straight away. There is an illness that humans can get from the dog faeces called Toxocariasis which is caused by a parasite known as Toxocara Canis (more commonly known as Roundworm). These parasites live in the digestive system of dogs. Eggs can be released in the faeces of infected animals and then contaminated the soil. If someone ingests infected material the eggs may hatch into larvae and can lead to Toxocariasis which causes serious illness and even blindness. You can reduce the health risk to the public by regularly worming your dog.
If you ignore a PSPO you can be fined:
- £100 on the spot (a fixed penalty notice)
- up to £1,000 if it goes to court
You will have to:
- pick up after your dog in public places
- not walk your dog on some beaches from 1 April to 30 September
- keep your dog out of areas signed as dog exclusion areas (for example, children’s play parks)
- keep your dog on a lead in certain areas
- keep your dog on a lead, of no more than 2 metres in length, when on the public highway, footpath or cycle path
- where a dog is being a nuisance or annoying to people or other animals, you must put your dog on a lead if asked to do so by a council officer or police officer
- limit the amount of dogs you have with you to a maximum of six (this applies to professional dog walkers too)
- you must carry sufficient dog poo bags
Beaches with new PSPO restrictions
All year dog friendly beaches
The following beaches remain dog friendly all year round;