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 £50 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 to find instructions on how to pay a fixed penalty notice
- 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
- Dog (Fouling of Land) Act 1996
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