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Proud of you (for picking up my poo) campaign

How our campaign works

Unfortunately, a minority of irresponsible dog owners still​ don’t pick up after their dog. Our campaign aims to educate people to be responsible owners and always pick up after their dog.

Help to reduce the dog poo problem

Are you sick of dog owners getting a bad name because others don't pick up after their dogs? 

There are lots of ways you can help:

  • be a good role model​ and always pick up after your dog
  • put a campaign sticker on your bin if you are happy for bagged up poo to be put in your bin
  • make sure your dog goes for a poo before you let it off the lead for a run
  • carry extra poo bags and offer them to others that may need them​
  • avoid walking your dog in playgrounds and on sports pitches
  • share the message and help to educate others
  • keep your dog out of fields where cattle graze

If you discover any problem areas for dogs mess please report it using the Love Jersey website. You can download the Love Jersey app on your mobile devices. The report will be sent to the relevant department, whether it is a Parish or the Department for Infrastructure, for them to deal with.

You are very welcome to display a campaign poster in your windows.

Proud of You campaign poster

Why you should pick up your dog's poo

It's important that you always pick up after your dog because:

  • it's the law. You could be fined if you don't pick it up
  • it's common courtesy (other people don't want to walk in your dog's poo)
  • it hosts diseases and parasites which can infect other animals and humans
  • it costs money and takes time to clear it up. Our parks and gardens team still have to pick up an average of 15 piles of poo per day
  • it's the top complaint about dogs, more than dog aggression, nuisance barking or unsupervised dogs
  • it causes damage to lawned gardens and parks (nitrogen burn)
  • it pollutes water because it contains high levels of nitrogen and phosphorus
  • dogs can't clean up after themselves 

Dog poo facts​

Did you know?:

  • there are over 7,500 licenced dogs in Jersey
  • each dog produces 79.5 grams of poo a day. That's 221 metric tons (35,000 stone) per year
  • the neospora parasite in dog poo causes abortion in cattle, which costs Jersey dairy £20,000 per year
  • the parks and gardens team provide 1,000 emergency dog poo bags every month
  • the UK Environmental Protection Agency classifies dog poo as a dangerous pollutant
  • parasites found in dog poo include neospora, hookworms, ringw​orms, tapeworms, salmonella and roundworm
  • roundworm and neospora eggs remain active in the soil long after dog poo has weathered away
  • roundworm can cause conditions such as stomach upsets, sore throats, ast​hma, and blindness
  • dog poo is one of the leading sources of E. Coli contamination
  • an average size pile of poo contains 1.5 billion E.Coli bacteria​​
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