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Dog fouling

The majority of dog owners and handlers are responsible and pick up after their dog's done its business, but it's the careless few that fail to pick it up that give dogs and their owners a bad reputation.

Report dog fouling

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Is dog poo blighting your area?

  • Are the culprits just walking away and ignoring their responsibilities - endangering public health and putting children at risk?
  • We want to empower local communities to build strong defence and show the red card to dog fouling in their neighbourhoods.
  • Report dog fouling in confidence today and we'll try to help you get it sorted.
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What dog fouling you can report to us

You can tell us about:

  • Dog fouling on any public land, such as roads, parks and town centres.
  • An accumulation of dog poo in an area.
  • One instance of dog poo that hasn't been picked up, if you've evidence of the offender.
  • Repeated instances of dog fouling on private land.

You can't tell us about individual instances of dog fouling on private land.

Dog poo bags

Disposing of poo bags: don't take the risk, bag it and bin it. Stay within the law and always carry a bag when you walk your dog. Bagged dog mess tied up tightly can be placed in ANY public litter bin; you can even put it straight in your council dark green waste bin at home at home, if there isn't a public bin around. Please do not put dog poo bags in your brown garden waste or recycling bins at home.

Additional poo bags: if you forget or find yourself without a poo bag, you may be to pick one up at your local library where we have a limited supply available. Local library locations and opening times.

Advice for dog owners and handlers Bag it, bin it or get fined.

It's illegal to leave your dog's mess lying around in a public area. If a dog is in your care for any length of time, it's your responsibility to clean up the mess.

  • Plastic fantastic: always carry a plastic bag so you can pick up your dog’s mess. You can use any plastic bag to put your dog's mess in​​.
  • Bag it and bin it: dispose of tightly tied poo bags in a dog poop bin, ANY public litter bin or your council waste bin at home. Hanging poo bags on tree branches is a littering offence and fines are enforceable.
  • No sign, no excuse: if there is no sign to prohibit dog fouling, it doesn’t mean you’re off the hook. You must pick up after your dog wherever it does its mess - sign or no sign, bin or no bin.
  • Garden training: if you have a garden, train your dog to do its mess there and make sure you clean up and put it in your refuse bin straight away. Never put animal mess in your garden bin.
  • Never let your dog to go out to do its mess alone.
  • Don’t rely on the rain to wash dog mess way: this isn't an excuse we'll accept for you not to pick it up.​​​

Fines and enforcement

Our enforcement team takes a zero tolerance approach to dog fouling on public land.

If witnessed, offenders face a fixed penalty fine of £50 or a maximum penalty on conviction of £1,000.

Enforcement officers work with the public, the police and other bodies to get the evidence they need to convict offenders.

Say no to dog fouling

You can download and print our Bag it, Bin it leaflet and keep it in a handy place for when you need to report dog fouling. You can also display it in your window to send a clear message out to irresponsible dog owners to pick up their dog's mess.



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