Dog Fouling

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Dog fouling can cause serious illness as well as being unpleasant.

The majority of dog owners clean up after their pets. Those irresponsible owners that don't will face a fine.

£75 Reward Scheme

Receive £75 if the information you provide leads to either a successful prosecution or the issuing of a £75 Fixed Penalty Notice.

Tell us in confidence if you know of someone who is not cleaning up after their dog at dogs@staffordbc.gov.uk or on 01785 619000. Please give us as much detail as possible such as name, location, times, dates.

You can also use our online form to report dog fouling in your area so we can clean it up.

Follow the work of the dog fouling Enforcement Team via Twitter @staffordbc #dogs.

Any person in charge of a dog who does not clean up the mess will get a £75 Fixed Penalty Notice or face prosecution with a maximum fine of £1,000.

Free School Talks

We have teamed up with the Blue Cross to provide free talks to primary schools and cub/scout groups that focus on responsible dog ownership. Please email us at dogs@staffordbc.gov.uk for more information.

So who is responsible?

It is illegal to leave your dog's poo lying in a public area. If the dog is in your care you must clean up any mess it makes. Being unaware that the dog has fouled, or not having anything to clean up the mess, is not an excuse.

The Council will clear dog faeces from all public places it has legal responsibility for. If a dog fouls on private land unfortunately it is the responsibility of the land owner to clean it up.

What should you do?

Take a poop scoop or a bag with you whenever you take your dog out. You can place the sealed bag in any normal litter or dog waste bin (make note of where public bins are along your route) or take it home with you.

Remember: the Council provides free dog waste bags through a number of outlets around the borough. Look for the yellow dog stickers in the window of the outlets or see the following list for specific areas.

Contact
Tel: 01785 619000
Email: dogs@staffordbc.gov.uk
Related documents
Dog Fouling Leaflet (pdf 208kb)
Fouling of Land by Dogs Order (pdf 12kb)
Dogs on Leads by Direction Order (pdf 79kb)
Dogs on Leads (pdf 657kb)
Dog Exclusion Order (pdf 3.32mb)
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