Nobody likes seeing dog muck in public places. As well as being unpleasant, it is potentially harmful. The majority of dog owners pick up after their pets, but a small number of people choose to ignore the rules.
In Bridgend County Borough, dogs produce more than 600 tonnes of dog mess every year. The cost of dealing with dog mess that isn’t picked up by their owners is paid for by council tax payers.
If a dog fouls in a public place the person in charge of it at that time must clean up after it, under the Clean Neighbourhood and Environment Act 2005.
Anyone who fails to clean up after their dog in a public place risks receiving a fixed penalty of £100. If we prosecute, the offender could face a fine up to £1,000.
- Being unaware that your dog has fouled or having no means to clean it up isn’t an excuse for not cleaning up after your dog under the regulations.
- Owners who pick up the dog mess but then fail to put the bag into a bin or take it home with them (i.e. throwing it into a hedge, or hanging it from a tree/gates) could face a maximum penalty of £2,500.
What can you do about a dog fouling offence?
If you want us to take action against a dog owner who has not cleaned up after their pet, you should let us know what happened as soon as possible. Please tell us the name and address of the person in charge of the dog, a description of the dog and the date, time and location of the offence.
To report an incident or for more information, call us on 01656 643643 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.