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Dog Fouling

Little Bo the cutest dog in the whole worldDog fouling is a health hazard and an eyesore.  

If you are a dog owner, you have a legal duty to clean up every time your dog messes in a public place. 

Registered blind people are not required to clean up after their guide dogs.

On this page find out more about how you can report it, the law and clearing up after your dog and exemptions...​
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​​Your assistance is essential to protect your local environment.  If you see someone failing to pick up after their dog, report it!

If the fouling is in a GGHT communal area please report it to your GGHT Neighbourhood Officer on 01925 452452 or email​. If it is not in a GGHT communal area pleas report it to the Council, using the WBC online ​form to report an owner who has not cleaned up after their dog.  You will need to tell them:
  • Anything you know about the owner –name, address, description, etc.
  • Anything you know about the dog – fur colour, breed, name, etc.
  • Where the fouling took place (and when, if known)
  • Whether there are any ‘No fouling’ signs in the area already (if known)

You can also report them by calling 01925 443322.

Under the Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996, the council is able to designate land where it is an offence for an owner or keeper of a dog to fail to clear up after their dog.  Failure to comply can result in a prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000. It is not a defence for the owner to claim that they did not know or were not there when the dog fouled.

You can report dog fouling anonymously if you wish, but you will need to provide an email address so that we can confirm we have received your report and tell you your reference number.

​It's an offence not to - it is an offence under the Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996 not to clear up immediately after your dog has fouled, unless you have a reasonable excuse.

It's anti-social - dog fouling in public areas is anti-social. It is unpleasant to look at, smells and attracts flies.

It's dangerous - dog waste is associated with a number of diseases including toxicarasis. Toxocara​ is a roundworm commonly found in dogs, and almost all puppies. Eggs from the roundworm are found in dog waste, where they can pose a health risk if eaten, particularly to small children.  The parasite can cause stomach upsets, sore throats, asthma and in some cases blindness. The eggs remain active in the soil for years, long after any dog waste has weathered away, so the risk isn't always obvious.

If you are witnessed failing to clear up your dogs waste, you will be offered a Fixed Penalty Notice. Similar to a speeding ticket, you have the option to accept this Notice and pay the fixed penalty of £50 within 14 days, or alternatively face prosecution in the Magistrates' Court. The maximum penalty upon conviction is currently £1,000. Registered blind people are exempt.

​Dog waste should be placed in the dog bins located throughout the Borough. If there isn't a dog bin, remember you can place dog waste into a general waste bin, provided it is bagged or take it home with you.
​Firstly, be prepared - always carry a poop-scoop or bag. A variety of disposable dog fouling bags and scoops are available from pet shops and other retail outlets - although a carrier bag will suffice. Follow these simple guidelines:
  • place hand in plastic bag
  • pick up dog waste using plastic bag 
  • turn the bag inside out so dog waste is inside and tie the bag up.
Ensure the dog waste is removed in its entirety and that bags are tied up before disposal. Where bins are available, place the bag inside the bin.
​The Act applies even in areas where bins are not provided so you must always take your waste home with you for disposal if you cannot find a bin.
​Yes - whoever is walking the dog is held responsible.
​It is now an offence not to clear up immediately after your dog on all land, both public and private to which the public has access. These areas include:
  • highways (including private roads)
  • footways
  • open spaces
  • playing fields / public parks verges
  • play areas
  • housing amenity greens
  • canal towpaths
  • public footpaths
  • bridleways and adjoining verges.
Some areas are exempt, these include:
  • road and adjoining land with a speed limit of more than 40mph
  • woodland or agricultural land
  • marshland, moor or heath land
  • rural common land.
Should a dog bin be full please either place the bag in another nearby waste bin or take the waste home with you and put it in your general household waste bin.​