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Dog and animal fouling

Each day dogs produce vast amounts of excrement. Much of this is left on footpaths and playing fields and at best can cover shoes and clothes and at worst can lead to blindness due to an infection called 'Toxocara canis'.

Sign prohibiting fouling

Councils can now designate land under The Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996. The designated land includes roads, footpaths, school playing fields, sports fields and parks. It is an offence for a dog owner not to .clean up after their dog in these areas. Failure to comply can result in a prosecution and fine up to 1,000. It is no defence to claim ignorance of the dog's actions.


  • if you have a garden encourage the dog to 'go' there. You can then bury the mess or alternatively clean it up and bin it.
  • if you walk your dog always carry the means to clear up after your dog. A simple plastic bag will do the trick or obtain poop scoops from a local pet shop. Remember to take a bag or poop scoop like you'd remember a lead. 
  • every time your dog fouls "bag it and bin it". Take the poop scoop home and dispose of it there. Remember Rain does not wash the problem away. 
  • never let your dog out alone to "go to the loo".

It is every dog owners duty to clean up after their dog.

There are no excuses, fouling is unacceptable!

What do you want to do?

Contact details

South Derbyshire District Council
Environmental Services
Civic Offices
Civic Way
DE11 0AH

Tel: 01283 595943
Online: Clean Team report form

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