If your dog fouls in a public area it is your responsibility to ensure the mess is picked up and properly disposed of.
Under the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 Public Spaces Protection Order 2017; Control of Dogs, the person in charge of a dog whether they are the owner or not, must clean up after the dog has fouled in any area that the Act applies to.
It is an offence not to clean up after your dog, punishable by a maximum fine of £1000 or a fixed penalty of £100.
- A person registered as blind in a register compiled under Section 29 of the National Assistance Act 1948 shall not be guilty of an offence if they are alone with the dog and unable to remove the faeces.
- A person with a disability that affects
- their mobility,
- manual dexterity,
- physical coordination or ability to lift,
Who relies for assistance on a dog trained by a prescribed charity shall not be guilty of an offence if they are alone with the dog and unable to remove the faeces.
About Dog Fouling
We know that the majority of dog owners are responsible, and we appreciate your efforts - thank you! Unfortunately there is a small minority of dog owners or walkers who do not clean up after their dogs.
Dog fouling is one of the top anti-social problems nationwide. Dog mess is unsightly, unpleasant and can spread disease, or in extreme cases, cause blindness.
If you do not ensure dog mess is picked up and properly disposed of, a penalty of between £100 and £1000 may be payable.
Here are some tips on how to avoid a fine and how to be a responsible dog owner.
- Never let your dog walk too far from you as this makes it difficult to see where they foul.
- Dogs will usually foul soon after being let off the lead or out of the car/at the start of a walk so be ready.
- Pay attention at all times to what your dog is doing, don't be distracted - especially not by your mobile phone!
- Always carry 'poo' bags.
- Take a torch with you on dark evenings and early morning walks in winter.
- Dispose of bags in a dog or litter bin, or take it home to dispose of in your household bin.
- Not disposing of a bag correctly is also a dog fouling and littering offence.
- Keep the dog to the boundaries of sports pitches if possible as even after picking up, residual deposits can be left. Many complaints are received concerning sports pitches from the players, who can get dog mess on themselves during a game.
- Dog faeces left on grazing or farm land can contaminate water courses and feed grass where cattle and sheep graze. These sheep and cattle may eventually find their way into the food chain. Please pick up after your dogs on country walks - do not use the so-called "stick and flick method."