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Dog fouling

Don't put up with it!

Allowing a dog to foul in a public space without cleaning it up is an act of environmental anti-social behaviour.

  • It's the law for an owner, or person in charge of a dog, to pick up after it has fouled on public land.
  • If they don't clean-up, they can be issued with an £80 fixed penalty notice.
  • The maximum penalty is £1000 in a magistrates' court.
  • Dog mess is unpleasant and can cause serious illness and blindness to people through an infection called toxocariasis, caused by worms found in dogs' intestines.
  • Our Dog Welfare and Enforcement Service undertakes strategic enforcement in areas particularly affected by fouling.