Dog Fouling

More information and what to do.

To address the problem of dog fouling, the council has made an order under the Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996 that requires all dog owners to clean up after their dog if the dog fouls in a place to which the public has access.

This includes roads with speed limits of up to 40mph and adjoining verges and footways, public footpaths, most parks, play areas, recreation grounds, playing fields, canal towpaths, churchyards and cemeteries and allotments.

It is an offence for dog owners to fail to clear up after their dogs.

Dog wardens are authorised to serve fixed penalty notices on anyone allowing their dog to foul in a public place.  Offenders can be issued with a fixed penalty notice or a fine of up to £1,000 if the case goes to court.

Being unaware that your dog has fouled or not having a suitable means of clearing up after your dog is no excuse.

Reporting offenders

Dog fouling is more effectively tackled when the whole community works together.  The majority of dog owners act responsibly but the few who don’t think that they can get away with not picking up after their pet if they believe they cannot be seen.  If repeat dog fouling offences are reported, irresponsible dog owners may think twice about their actions. 

Do you:

  • Know of a dog owner who does not pick up after their pet?
  • If the dogs are usually exercised at a certain time during the day?
  • Know what time(s) are the offences occurring and where?
  • Have a description of what the dog(s) look like?
  • Have a description of the person walking the dog?
  • Know if the dog walker is using a car and what is the number on the registration plate

To help us to achieve a cleaner, healthier neighbourhood, please provide as much information as you can to give us a better the chance of catching the offenders.

To report repeat dog fouling incidents to our enforcement team please fill in the online form.

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