If a dog fouls on public land, it is the responsibility of the person in charge of the dog to pick up the mess.
We will investigate any complaints about dog fouling. Patrols are carried out in problem areas and offenders will be prosecuted.
If you notice a street or area that you feel requires cleansing, you can report it to our Waste Service Contractor by calling 01462 474000 and choosing the waste option.
Bag it and bin it
Dog faeces should be picked up using a dog poo bag or 'poop scoop'. Carrier bags or nappy sacks can also be used.
You can bag it and put it in a litter bin, or double bag it so that you can take it home to put in with your normal rubbish bin.
Often dog fouling is caused by people not watching their dog and not realising that it has fouled. If you own a dog, you are responsible for it, whether it's on or off the lead. Be aware of where your dog is and what it's doing at all times.
Dog fouling is not only unpleasant, it is also potentially harmful. Dog faeces can contain a parasitic worm called Toxocara; if transferred to humans, this can cause blindness, especially in children.
Fixed Penalty Notices (Fines)
If a dog fouls on public land, it is an offence if the person in charge of the dog fails to pick up the mess. Any person found guilty of this offence could face a fine of up to £1,000.
Authorised Council officers can offer the opportunity of discharging any liability to conviction for the offence, by payment of a Fixed Penalty Notice of £50. A Fixed Penalty Notice may be issued by any authorised Council Officer if it is witnessed by the officer.
If the person refuses to pay the fine, they may be prosecuted and if they fail to provide their details when requested a further offence is committed. The Court may then decide to make them pay even more money and the costs of the Court action.
Owners that bag the mess but don't bin it (for example they dispose of the bag in a hedge, a tree or a garden) could face a maximum penalty of £2,500 in court. Authorised Council Officers can offer the opportunity of discharging any liability to conviction for the offence of littering, by payment of a Fixed Penalty Notice of £75.
The whole of the NHDC Area is designated for the purpose of the Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996. This designated land includes all areas to which the public have general access, including pedestrian areas, footways, verges, play areas and highways within a speed limit less than 40mph.