A CLEAN request for dog walkers

Farnley Estates are asking all dog walkers and owners to be CLEAN not FOUL, when it comes to cleaning up after their dog and keeping it under control.

While the majority of dog walkers are perfectly Considerate, Legal, Environmentally Aware Neighbours (CLEAN), a handful are spoiling it for everyone else by being perfectly FOUL (Failing in their Obligation to maintain Unspoilt Land).

While the approach is light-hearted, the problem is potentially serious. Dog faeces is not only an eyesore and unpleasant for other walkers, but it is also a health hazard – especially for children, who are more likely to come into contact with contaminated soil while playing. Dog faeces can carry Toxocariasis, a disease that can have devastating consequences for humans, including permanent blindness.  

“Local schools often use our woodlands for recreation and outdoor science and nature lessons. These thoughtless dog walkers are potentially putting young children at risk of serious disease,” said Paul Sykes, Director Farnley Estates.

Dog owners and walkers have a legal duty to clean up every time their dog messes in a public place, and can be issued with a fixed penalty notice or prosecuted in the Magistrates Court where a fine of up to £1,000 can be made.

If you see someone acting FOUL and refusing to clean up after their dog, you can report their actions to Kirklees Council by calling 01484 414700.

Dog walkers and owners encouraged to clean up after their dogs and keep them under control on Farnley Estates' land.