Scoop that Poop!

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

Supervise, Pick it Up and Report Fouling

Allowing a dog to foul a public place without removing the mess is an offence. Staff 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 is not sufficient, it must be removed or you will be fined.

As well as regular enforcement patrols to catch offenders 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. 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 gave as much information as possible.  We need your help to tackle fouling so please report it if you see it.  The Neighbourhood Environment Team can be contacted on 028 9182 4005.  Reporting is simple using our online form

Please be aware that completing this form is not a request for cleansing it will assist officers to target patrols and detect offenders.

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 028 9182 4005.