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Dog fouling

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 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.

Advice for dog owners and handlers

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.

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.

In this section you should find everything you need to know about disposing of dog mess correctly and responsibly, and why it's so important not to leave it on the ground or swinging in a bag on trees and fences (yes - it does happen!)

Put your dog poo bags in ANY public litter bin​Bag it, bin it or get fined. ​​

Always carry a bag when you walk your dog. Bagged dog mess tied up tightly (ideally double bagged) can be placed in ANY public litter bin.

Or, you can even put it straight in your council waste bin at home if there isn't a public bin around.

Don't take the risk. Bag it and bin it.

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.

Pay a Fixed Penalty Notice enforcement fine

Advice for communities

Some dog owners think they can get away with not picking up their dog's mess if an enforcement officer isn't around - wrong!! As more people come forward to report dog fouling offences, irresponsible dog owners may start to think twice about not picking up their dog's mess.

Dog owners who fail to pick up their dog’s mess, bag it up and put it in the bin are letting you and your community down. Take a stand - report it and sort it!

Say no to dog fouling

You can download and print our Bag it. Bin it leaflet (221kb pdf) to keep 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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