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Dog fouling

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

We will:

  • 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
    • time/date/location
    • 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

We don't:

  • 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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