Dog fouling

If your dog fouls in a public area, the mess needs to be picked up and disposed of in a dog or public litter bin. If there is no dog bin available it can be taken home and put into your black wheelie bin.

Dog fouling can be a risk to health - whilst rare, contact with dog excrement can cause toxocariasis – a nasty infection that can lead to dizziness, nausea, asthma and even blindness or seizures.

If it isn't picked up, we can issue a fine and we take offenders to court.


Anyone who fails to clear up after their dog can be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice of up to £100. If the case goes to court this could cost the owner or person in charge of the animal up to £1,000.

The law states that being unaware a dog has fouled or not having a suitable bag is not a reasonable excuse.

Report it

If you witness someone letting their dog foul without cleaning it up afterwards, you should report it. Please note the:

  • dates and times
  • frequency it happens
  • description of the dog
  • details of the offender

You can also let us know if there are ongoing issues with dog fouling in your area. We may be able to put up warning signs or monitor the area more.

Report it by selecting your local area:

If your area isn't listed, you may be a resident of West Northamptonshire.

Last updated 09 November 2023