Dog fouling

Report dog fouling

If you witness someone letting their dog foul in a public place without cleaning it up afterwards, you should report this to us. Include the name and address of the person in charge of the dog (if known), a description of the dog, plus details of the date, time and place of the offence.

What happens if my dog fouls in a public place?

We encourage all dog owners to clean up after their dog has fouled in a public place.

If a council officer or any other authorised officer witnesses you not cleaning up after your dog, you may be given a fixed penalty of £50. If you refuse to pay the fixed penalty you may be taken to court and be fined up to £1000 plus court costs.

For more details see Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996.

What is the best way to clear up after your dog?

Use a doggy bag or a carrier bag to pick up the faeces. Ideally, this should then be placed in a designated dog bin. If this is not possible, take the bag home and put it in your black wheeled bin or, as a last resort, double wrap the faeces and put it in a normal litter bin. Poop scoops can also be used, they are available from most pet stores.

If you are dog owner, here's what you can do to help:

Faeces accumulation on private property

An accumulation of dog faeces, allowed to increase over time, can cause problems to the neighbouring properties in terms of offensive odours and attracting flies to the area.

We have powers under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to deal with an accumulation of dog faeces if it is felt to be a health risk or a nuisance. We would normally contact the occupant of the premises and request that the garden be cleared of all dog faeces and that it remain clean. If this is not carried out, we can then take formal action in the form of an abatement notice to request the works.

If the abatement notice is not complied with we can then arrange for the work to be carried out and any costs involved are charged to the occupier of the property. Failure to comply with the notice may also result in prosecution.

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