Dog fouling

Dog fouling sign in Pittville park

Dog fouling is a serious issue because it can cause Toxocara Canis - an infection which can lead to blindness. We have adopted byelaws which make it an offence to fail to remove any faeces which a dog deposits when it is in your charge. These byelaws apply to the following areas:

  • footpaths
  • grass verges
  • pedestrianised areas
  • gutters
  • pleasure grounds
  • open spaces
  • housing amenity areas

Report dog fouling

Report dog fouling using our online form.

Alternatively, you can contact us on 01242 775178 to report incidents of fouling and one of our community protection officers will ask for your help in identifying the dog owner. In cases where there is sufficient evidence, owners could be issued with a fixed penalty notice. Failing to pay the penalty may lead to prosecution with a maximum fine of £1000.

Please clean up after your dog

It is extremely important that people clean up after their pets and especially dogs when being taken for walks. Small bags can be purchased from supermarkets for this purpose.