As well as being unpleasant, anti-social, and unsightly, dog mess is a health hazard. If you allow your dog to foul in a public place and you fail to clean up after it you are breaking the law.
Reporting dog fouling problems
If you wish to report a problem with a litter bin or dog fouling please use our online form:
Please note the council no longer has specific bins for dog waste, any litter bin will do. All litter bins are now for dual use.
What we do
- investigate reports of dog fouling,
- investigate reports about dangerous dogs,
- issue fixed penalty notices when dog mess is not cleared away,
- initiate legal proceedings for dog fouling,
- patrol areas subject to frequent fouling,
- put up signs concerning fouling,
- advise on the installation of litter bins,
- install, maintain and empty litter bins installed on public land or on the public highway and
- undertake educational activities on responsible dog ownership.
What we need you to do
- Report dog fouling,
- Record details of dog walkers not picking up after their dogs
- description of person and the dog(s)
- name/address (if known)
- car details and registration and
- Be prepared to stand up against this unacceptable behaviour, and if necessary, go to court as a witness.
What we don't do
- investigate reports of fouling on private land unless it is so contaminated as to be a public nuisance
- deal with reports of fouling by other animals unless the land is so heavily fouled such as to be a public nuisance
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