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Dog fouling

The Law

To address the problem of dog fouling, the council made an order under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 that required all dog owners to clean up after their dog if the dog fouls in a place to which the public has access. This includes paths, footways, roads, verges, parks, play areas, recreation grounds, playing fields, canal towpaths, and the larger public areas.

Please note, under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, all Dog Control Orders automatically became Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) on 20th October 2017.  The terms of the Order are exactly the same as the original, but the order will lapse after three years unless reviewed (20/10/2020).  The Council may consider modifying the PSPO or adding others at any time, if circumstances and consultation support the case.  This may include, for example, increasing the fine levels.

Anyone walking a dog must pick up any fouling and dispose of it correctly. You should always carry bags to put the waste in, then you can either take it home to dispose of, use dog waste bins, or even a litter bin.

If you allow your dog to foul in any public place and do not clean it up you may be liable, on conviction, to a fine of up to £1,000.

In the case of a first offence, the council may give you the option to avoid prosecution by the payment, of a £80 fixed penalty notice which is reduced to £50 if paid within the initial seven days of issue. If that is not paid or you have offended before then you are likely to be prosecuted. It is not a defence to claim that you had nothing with you to clean up the mess.

This law does not apply to registered blind people.

Please Note: Payment must be made in FULL. We do not offer a payment plan or reduced rate to those in receipt of benefits.

For more information please download a copy of North Warwickshire Borough Council's Dog Control Order, which automatically became a Public Space Protection Order on 20/11/2017.

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Last updated Thursday, 9th November 2017

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