Many complaints are received about owners who allow their animals to foul in public places. This is an offence. Anyone caught not cleaning up after their dog can be fined up to £1,000.
You can buy purpose-made 'poop-scoops' to pick up your dog's mess but a supermarket carrier bag will do just as well. Special bins are provided in many parks and road verges for disposing of the mess. Otherwise, use a litter bin or your wheelie bin at home; first making sure that the material is securely wrapped.
This law applies to almost all areas in the open air to which the public have access. Our Dog Wardens, Police Community Support Officers and others are authorised to give offenders Fixed-Penalty Notices – an on-the-spot fine.
Complaints are also received about householders who let their dogs foul their own garden, but never clean up the mess. The best way to dispose of dog mess is by using a 'dog-loo' sunk into the earth of your garden.
This allows the waste to decompose safely without causing problems. Alternatively, bury it in an area of soil set aside for the purpose. The councils can order owners to clean up their garden if it is causing a nuisance to others.
Parish councils are responsible for locating dog bins. Please contact the clerk to your parish council if you believe that a dog bin is required in your area.
The district council is responsible for emptying the special dog bins. You can report any problems by contacting our customer services team on 01636 650000 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org