Whilst we recognise that the majority of dog walkers within Bath and North East Somerset act responsibly and clean up after their dog, a minority of people still fail to do so and this causes problems within the area. Dog fouling is widely considered to be the most offensive type of litter on our streets and green spaces, being both visually unpleasant and also potentially dangerous with the threat of contracting Toxocariasis a very real risk to the public, particularly the young.
How can I report fouling?
Please call Council Connect on 01225 39 40 41
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday: 8.30am - 5.00pm
Wednesday: 9.30am - 5.00pm
Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed
or email Council_Connect@bathnes.gov.uk
Once the fouling is reported, the Cleansing Team will respond to the report to clean the mess. if you have further details you would like to add, then the Dog Warden will respond appropriately to these.
What to do if you witness dog fouling
If you have witnessed dog fouling, then the Dog Warden Service will want to know as much information as possible so that we can try to pursue legal action.
Please contact us on 01225 39 40 41 in the first instance or email us at Council_Connect@bathnes.gov.uk
We will want to know:
- The name and address of any offender (if known)
- A description of the person in control of the dog
- A description of the dog
- Any other identifiable features such as car registration
- Your name, address, telephone and email address
- Where it happened and date and time of the incident.
- How often does it happen?
What the Dog Warden Service will do
It is an offence under The Dogs (Fouling of Land Act) 1996 to allow your dog to foul and not pick up the mess. Dog Wardens are authorised to issue Fixed Penalty Notices of £50 to anyone caught failing to pick up their dog’s mess. This may also lead to prosecution if the case goes to court.
The information that you provide, is used to inform our campaigns in hotspot areas. We would encourage anyone with information or who witnesses someone not picking up after their dog to contact us. By working together we will help make Bath and North East Somerset a safer and cleaner place to live, visit and work.
We use information gathered from reports to target 'hot spot' areas for patrols and campaigns, to encourage behaviour change within the local community towards irresponsible dog ownership. We use signage as a part of these campaigns, in a considered manner, to gain the greatest impact in these areas. We will consider requests for signage and will use these if we feel this is the most appropriate method to improve the situation in that particular area. In the meantime, I would ask that if you have further information about times/ days and who may be allowing fouling to occur, please contact us on 01225 39 40 41 so that we may pursue taking legal action against the offenders
Who is responsible?
It is the responsibility of the person in charge of the dog at the time the fouling occurs to pick up the mess. This is not always the dog owner. Not having a bag, or not being aware that the dog has fouled; is not an adequate defence.
Carry a bag to keep the dog mess in. You can use nappy bags/carrier bags etc. Alternatively train your dog to foul at home in the garden.
- Supervise your dog so that you know if it has fouled.
- Dispose of the bag in an appropriate bin. This can be a dog waste bin, litter bin or domestic waste bin at home. Do not leave the bag on the floor, trees, fence etc. This is unsightly and also counts as littering.
- Take the mess home. If you can’t find a bin.