Most dog-owners are community-spirited, and pick up the foul left by their dogs when walking them in public places. Those that allow their dog to foul in public places should know that dog fouling is both a health risk and a criminal offence, punishable by fine of up to £1,000.
Many in the village are frustrated at the lack of consideration of the few, to the extent that improvement of the situation is an objective of the Theale Parish Plan.
The West Berkshire Council Dog Warden is the person to report dog-fouling issues to, and if the Theale community want to improve the situation it probably won’t happen without action being taken, and for that to happen the Warden needs to know.
The Warden can act if fouling is witnessed. They would need to know where the owner lives to do this, and would also need some proof – photo(s) – to act upon.
It’s more likely that we see a dog-foul without seeing the act take place. In these cases, we should still report it, and in this way we keep the Dog Warden informed of the extent of the problem.
You can contact the Dog Warden in the following ways:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 01635 42400 Ext: 2386.
- The forum on thealevillage.com, where there is a discussion thread on which people have reported dog-foul in the public highway. Post a reply to add an observation. The Dog Warden is monitoring this forum, so if you report it here, they will know about it, and it’s documented too!. (Note: You will need to register to use the forum, but it’s not an arduous process.)
So please, if you see dog-foul left in public areas, report it!
There is also information on the West Berkshire Council webiste regarding th Dog Warden Service here.