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.
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 owner 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
You can report dog fouling by filling in the following e-form:
Refusing to pick up dog waste is a punishable offence.
- fixed penalty of £100 is imposed on anyone not cleaning up after their dog with a further penalty of £1,000 if the fine is not paid - follow the link for information about fixed penalty notices.
- offenders who refuse to pay or are uncooperative may be taken to court
- land covered by the Public Space Protection Order Dog Fouling and Control this order covers all land that the public have reasonable access to. Further information is available at PSPO Dogs