If you witness someone failing to clean up after their dog, you should note what has happened as soon as possible and include the following information when contacting us:
- Name and address of the person in charge of the dog
- What the owner/handler was wearing when the incident occurred
- A description of the dog
- The date and time of the offence
- An accurate description of the location of the incident
If the fouling occurs at regular times, you may be asked to provide the council with written evidence and be prepared to attend court if necessary.
Report your observations to us as soon as possible.
Allowing a dog to foul in a public place is not a crime, but failure to clean up afterwards is. This applies to almost everywhere except agricultural and forestry land.
In most cases we will warn offenders in writing and this is usually sufficient to deter further offences. With sufficient evidence against a persistent offender or those who refuse to pay an on-the-spot fine, we will not hesitate to prosecute - this could lead to a fine of up to £1,000.
If you wish to request a dog bin to be emptied, please contact us.
If you need a new dog bin to be located, you will need to contact your local Parish or Town Council.