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Dog fouling

Dog fouling is one of the most offensive types of litter on our streets and in our green spaces and it is consistently raised as a public concern.

Dog fouling

It can also be dangerous if people come into contact with dog excrement as it can lead to blindness, from an infection called Toxocara canis.

It is an offence to allow your dog to foul in public areas and not to clean up after them. This includes roads, pathways and parks.

Owner responsibilities

  • Dog owners are advised that their pet must be under control at all times.
  • There are signs in parks and open spaces advising if the animal must be on a lead, and they are not allowed in children's play areas.
  • Dog fouling must be disposed of correctly by the owner.

Note: We have a responsibility to clear dog fouling or mess from the public highway as part of normal street cleansing.

Report dog fouling/mess on the street

If you do not pick up after your dog then you could be prosecuted and fined. Failure to clean up after your dog could result in a fixed penalty notice fine of £80.

You could be fined up to a maximum of £1000 when committing an offence.

What you could do if there is persistent dog fouling

By reporting such incidents you help the council to take effective action that can stop this kind of activity. Together we can make a difference.

However, catching the offenders in the act is difficult, so information from the public giving any identity information about who the offender is (if this is known) is vital and should be collected before a report is made to the council.

If you see or believe that someone is regularly allowing their dog to foul on the road, pavement or verge it would be really helpful if you could keep a diary noting down the exact location and time of occurrences over a 2 week period.

Please ensure that you state the exact location of the fouling, provide a name and address or description of the dog owner and dog and the frequency of it happening.

Report persistent dog fouling

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