Dog mess is unpleasant, dangerous and harmful. Dog walkers who do not pick up after their pets put adults and children at risk of diseases, including blindness and infections.
Clearing up dog mess that has not been picked up by its owner is paid for by the taxpayer. This means there is less money available for other public services, such as parks and play grounds.
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 does not clean up after their dog in a public place could get a fixed penalty fine of £100. If we prosecute, the offender could face a fine up to £1,000.
Not knowing that your dog has fouled, or not having anything to pick it up with is not an excuse.
Do not throw your bagged dog waste into a hedge, or hang it from a tree. If you do this, the maximum penalty is £2,500. You do not have to put it in a special dog bin. You can put it in a normal bin too.
If you want us to take action against a dog owner who has not cleaned up after their pet, tell us as soon as possible. Please give 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.