Dog warden service
Last updated 5 July 2023
8. Dog fouling
Allowing dogs to foul in public places is:
• dangerous to the local environment
Some dog poo contains a parasite which, if ingested, can lead to the onset of the disease Toxocariasis in humans. Children are more susceptible to this disease which, in the worst case scenarios, can lead to blindness.
Always carry a bag with you when you walk your dog. When exercising dogs, make sure you keep them under control so you can see if your dog has fouled and pick up after them. The collected poo can be placed in any public litter bin and will be collected routinely by the public realm maintenance team. You may dispose of the poo using your rubbish bin at home if there are no public bins nearby.
We’ve adopted a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. This identifies the areas around our borough where dog owners will be fined if they allow their dog to foul.
It is a criminal offence not to collect and dispose of dog poo. The current Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) fine is £100. If the offence is escalated to court, this fine could be up to £1,000.
You can find out more on our PSPOs webpages.
Our authorised officers, including local Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs), actively patrol the borough to manage this situation accordingly.
To help us to maintain our parks, highways and greenspace and keep them safe for everyone’s use, report dog fouling issues using our online forms.
Report a street cleansing issue
You can use our online form to request dog poo to be removed from a public highway.
Report a dog fouling problem
You can use our online form to report a known dog fouling offender or request for anti-fouling signage to be put up in your area.