Dog fouling

Dog mess is dangerous to health, and can sometimes cause serious illness. The council is responsible for making sure that public areas are clear of dog mess.

The law

By law, a dog owner or walker must remove their dog’s mess from land used by the public. If you don’t do this, you may be given a fixed penalty fine of £50 by a dog warden or other council officer.

You may also be prosecuted and fined up to £1,000.

Responsible dog ownership

When walking your dog, always take a scoop or bags with you, and put bags of dog mess in the bins provided.

To prevent disease, make sure children wash their hands when they have been playing with a dog or somewhere that dogs have been.

Make sure that your dog is given worming tablets regularly, following your vet’s instructions. The roundworm Toxocara canis, which is often carried by dogs, can affect humans.

Reporting dog fouling

If you see someone fail to clean up after their dog and you know their details, please contact us online or call the Animal Welfare office on 01730 234319.