Allowing a dog to foul a public place without cleaning up the mess is an offence. Staff from the Neighborhood Environment Team will issue fines where they observe the offence. If your dog fouls in a public place you must always pick it up, bag it and put it in the nearest bin.
As well as regular enforcement patrols to catch offenders, the council issues free poop scoops, is involved in campaigns to reduce straying and therefore the likelihood of dog fouling and runs an education programme to promote responsible dog ownership.
Dog faeces can carry a variety of worms that can be passed to humans and cause illness. These include toxocara canis, tapeworm, hookworm and whipworm. If your hands come into contact with dog faeces it is important that you wash them as soon as possible. Avoid contact with your eye and mouth until you do so.
If you see a dog owner failing to pick up after their dog please contact us. If you can give information, for example a car registration number that will identify the offender, we will serve a fixed penalty fine. We need your help to tackle fouling so please report it if you see it.
- carry a plastic bag or 'poop scoop' with you
- teach your dog to go to the toilet in your garden before you leave home
- never let your dog onto the street to foul
- respect dog-free areas
For more information contact the Neighbourhood Environment Team on 0300 013 3333.