Dog fouling

Dog fouling is the most offensive type of litter on our streets and it is frequently raised as a public concern.

Allowing a dog who is under your charge to foul in a public place is illegal. Most dog owners are responsible and clear up after their pet; however a small minority give other dog owners a bad name.

It is the responsibility of the dog owner or the person in charge of the dog to clear up any dog mess. If you fail to clean up after your dog you may be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice of £50.00, if the case goes to court a fine of up to £1,000 may be applied.

Being unaware that the dog has fouled, or not having a suitable means of removing the faeces is not a reasonable excuse for failing to clean up after your dog. There are no excuses, fouling is unacceptable! Be part of the responsible majority and clear up.

Report it

If you have a concern about dog fouling please report it online. We will send you a diary sheet that we need you to complete - this asks for recorded times when fouling incidents occur, a description of the dog and person in charge. On completion, please send this document back to us, and we will action as appropriate.

Bag it. Tie it. Bin it.

If you walk your dog always carry the means to clear up after your dog- a simple plastic bag will do, nappy sacks and poop bags also work well.

Remember to take a bag like you remember the lead- never leave the house without them.

It takes less than a minute to pick up and simply tie the top of the bag.

Dispose of the bag in a dog waste bin or litter bin located around the town. Alternatively, you could take it home with you and put it in your black refuse bin.

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Useful links

Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996

Contact details

Environmental Services
Stevenage Borough Council
Daneshill House

0800 136661