Dog fouling

Dog faeces is not only unsightly and unpleasant but it can lead to toxocariasis - a serious illness which usually affects children and can lead to blindness.

Report dog fouling online:


  • a fixed penalty of £50 is imposed on anyone not cleaning up after their dog with a further penalty of £1,000 if the fine is not paid
  • offenders who refuse to pay or are uncooperative may be taken to court
  • land covered by the Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996 includes all highways in the borough, as well as footpaths and bridleways, country parks, sports fields, open spaces, children’s play areas and village greens

Guidance for dog owners

  • dogs should never be allowed in public areas unsupervised
  • Dog Wardens will seize stray dogs
  • if dog fouling occurs away from home the owners is required by law to clean it up
  • bagged faeces can be deposited in to nearest litter bin or taken home - but should not be left behind
Last updated: 08 December 2016 15:22:23