Dog fouling

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On advice from the government regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), we have reduced the number of litter and dog waste bin collections. This is to allow us to prioritise rubbish, food waste and recycling collections.

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Use this service to:

  • report dog fouling issues

Completing this form takes around 5 minutes


You can tell us:

  • the location of the dog mess
  • any additional information that can help us locate the issue
  • your contact details if you want us to update you
  • the time the dog fouling occurs
  • the details of the owner/person in charge of the dog
  • a description of the dog and owner
  • you can also upload a picture

What we can do

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 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.

What we do not do

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

How you can help

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 has access to.

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.

If you see dog fouling, and 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.

Legal information

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.

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.

Page last updated: 15 February 2021
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