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Dog Fouling

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.

Report a dog fouling problem

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.

Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014

Anyone reported for allowing their dog to foul may be served with a Community Protection Notice for the persistent, un-reasonable behaviour, detrimental to quality of life in a locality.