Dog Fouling

All dog owners are expected to clear up after their dog, to help maintain the cleanliness of the district for everyone.

Dog fouling is an offence. We provide dog waste bins and general litter bins for disposing of bagged dog waste.

You can report dog fouling issues to us. You can also report stray or lost dogs and dead animals.

Clearing up after your dog

Dog fouling is an offence. The council can issue a Fixed Penalty Notice of £50 to anyone who fails to clear up after their dog. The law states that being unaware a dog has fouled or not having a suitable bag is not a reasonable excuse.

You can use any plastic bag to pick up your dog's waste. It must be put in a public dog waste bin or a public litter bin for general waste.  

You should always take plastic bags or 'poop-scoops' with you every time you walk your dog .

Dog waste from your garden can be double-bagged and put in your black rubbish sack.

Report a dog fouling issue

If you have concerns about dog fouling, or want to report a dog fouling issue, contact us using the online form below.

You can also report a dog fouling issue by calling Customer Services on 023 8028 5000.

Illnesses caused by dog fouling

Dog waste is an offensive type of litter. It is unpleasant for everyone and can also be dangerous.  

Contact with dog waste can cause toxocariasis in humans, a rare infection caused by roundworms in the digestive tract of dogs. Symptoms of toxocariasis can include dizziness, nausea, asthma and even blindness or seizures.

Visit the NHS website for more information on toxocariasis.

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