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Dog Fouling

 What we can do

  • Encourage owners to clean up after their dogs using this website and Poole News and provide a reporting service for witnesses to report owners who do not.

What we don’t do

  • We do not necessarily take individual preventative measures for all reports of dog fouling.  

How you can help

What can I do about dog fouling in my local area? 

What measures does the Council take to encourage owners to pick-up after their dogs?

What can I do if I see someone not pick up after their dog has fouled?

Is it an offence?

Why should I pick up after my dog on heathland?

If a person allows their dog to foul and does not pick it up, they are committing an offence.  This applies to all land in the Borough of Poole that the public have access to.

What can I do about dog fouling in my local area? 

Report it!   We use all reports of dog fouling to gather intelligence so that we can target our resources effectively.  

If there are large amounts of fouling or evidence of a persistent problem we will look to use a combination of education and enforcement action. For example we may erect temporary signage, increase patrols in the area, give advice to dog owners or we may issue a fixed penalty notice.

If the report is of a large amount of fouling or is in a priority area such as a busy school route or shopping parade, a cleansing crew will be dispatched to clean the area. 

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What measures does the Council take to encourage owners to pick-up after their dogs?

We encourage owners to clean up after their dogs using this website and Poole News and provide a reporting service for witnesses to report owners who do not.  We do not necessarily take individual preventative measures for all reports of dog fouling.  The information provided is used as intelligence for proactive interventions and to enable prioritisation of resources to those areas worst effected.

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What can I do if I see someone not pick up after their dog has fouled?

Report it!   If you witness someone failing to pick up after their dog has fouled please report it to us providing the following information:

  • The exact location of the dog fouling

  • The time the dog fouling occurs

  • The details of the owner/person in charge of the dog

  • A description of the dog

If you are willing to provide us with a witness statement we may be able to take enforcement action such as issuing a fixed penalty notice. Otherwise we will use the information for intelligence and to decide what action to take.

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Is it an offence?

It is an offence under The Clean Neighbourhoods And Environment Act 2005 and The Fouling Of Land By Dogs (Borough Of Poole) Order 2006.  The Order states that it is an offence to leave dog faeces on any open land to which the public are permitted access in Poole Borough.

This is defined as: All land which is open to the air and to which the public are entitled or permitted to have access (with or without payment) within the Borough Of Poole other than land which is placed at the disposal of the Forestry Commissioners under Section 39 (1) of the Forestry Act 1967.

Any person committing a breach of the Order could be liable upon prosecution to such fine as is prescribed by Section 56 (2) of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005.

But what if ........

  • Nobody saw

  • I didn’t see my dog foul

  • It was dark

  • I didn’t have any bags

  • It was off the path

  • It was only a little bit·       

  • The rain will wash it away

  • There was no dog waste bin

No excuses!   Being unaware that the dog has fouled, or not having a suitable means of removing the fouling is not a reasonable excuse for failing to clean up after a dog.  As long as it is tied up in a bag, dog waste can be disposed of in any litter bin.  Leaving bags of waste by the side of the path or hanging in trees is not pleasant or acceptable!

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Why should I pick up after my dog on heathland?

Due to the wild nature of heathland it is not ordinarily possible to cleanse it of dog waste. However, it is important for owners to remove dog waste otherwise it contributes to soil enrichment. Heathland plants have adapted to the very poor soil so enrichment by dog waste allows other more common plants to invade which displace the rarer heathland plants. Removing dog waste will help reduce this problem.

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Contact us

Email
environment@poole.gov.uk

Telephone
01202 261700

Text Relay
18001 01202 261700

Address
Environmental and Consumer Protection
Unit 1
Newfields Business Park
2 Stinsford Road
Poole
BH17 0NF