Scoop that Poop!

Ards and North Down Borough Council is leading the way in tackling dog fouling. Get on board with our ongoing campaign for a cleaner, safer borough.  You can watch our video here.

Supervise, Pick it Up and Report Fouling
Allowing a dog to foul in a public place without removing the mess is an offence. Officers from the Neighbourhood Environment Team will issue fines where they observe the offence.  If your dog fouls in a public place, including beaches and streets you must always pick it up, bag it and put it in the nearest litter bin.  Burying or covering it is not sufficient, it must be removed or you will be fined.

As well as regular enforcement patrols to detect offenders, the team is involved in campaigns to reduce straying and therefore the likelihood of dog fouling and also run educational programmes to promote responsible dog ownership. 

Dangers
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 thoroughly as soon as possible.  Avoid contact with your eye and mouth until you do so. All faeces contain bacteria that can cause stomach upsets, but the greatest risk is from toxocariasis. Find out more about toxocariasis here.

Reporting Fouling
If you see a dog owner failing to pick up after their dog please contact us.  Please give as much information as possible.  We need your help to tackle fouling, if you see it, please report it to the Neighbourhood Environment Team on 0300 013 3333.

Tips for dog walkers

  • 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 or roam unsupervised
  • respect dog-free areas and 'on lead' restrictions
  • Dog waste can be placed in all council litter bins

For more information contact the Neighbourhood Environment Team on 0300 013 3333.