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Dog mess is probably the most unacceptable and offensive type of litter on our streets. It is not only deeply unpleasant, it can be dangerous.
Contact with dog excrement can cause toxocariasis – a nasty infection that can lead to dizziness, nausea, asthma and in very rare cases blindness.
Try to make a note of the following, so we are in a better position to take action against
If there is insufficient information to investigate your report then the Council's Neighbourhood Services team will attempt to carry out a clean up only.
If the fouling is on a pavement or road, we will send a road sweeper to clean the fouling away. We cannot clean fouling off private property or grass etc.
You will need to complete a Dog Fouling Diary including:
Once your diary is received, we will visit your area at the reported times to try and catch offenders. We have found that most dog walkers follow routines, it is therefore essential the local community helps the Dog Control Team to tackle the problem.
Failure to immediately remove faeces from land that is open to the air and to which the public are entitled or permitted to have access is a criminal offence.
If prosecuted, offenders may be fined up to £1000 and receive a criminal record upon conviction. Alternatively offenders may be given the opportunity to pay a fixed penalty of £80.00. Failure to pay the fixed penalty notice will result in prosecution, repeat offenders are not given the opportunity to pay a fixed penalty.
We can investigate complaints made about smells caused by accumulations of dog faeces. If it is found to be a statutory nuisance, we can ensure your neighbours clean their yard. To report a nuisance see odours and smells.
We no longer install new dog poo bins. All dog waste can go into littler bins, as long as it is suitably wrapped in a poo bag. If you still think you need a new littler bin email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Studies undertaken in Preston have shown that approximately 99% of all dog owners regularly pick up after their dogs, which means that only 1% of Preston’s dog owners are blighting their community with this anti-social behaviour. However, one dog fouling, twice daily can lead to a considerable amount of dog mess within a week. With only a small number of incidents, it makes it difficult to for us to identify and deal with offenders. Whilst the majority of Preston isn't blighted by dog fouling, it is accepted that there are some areas that become ‘hotspots'.
Sometimes we are aware that an area has an unusually high occurrence of dog fouling in a small area. When this happens a 'Fouling Action Zone' in declared. We will then draw up an action plan to involve the community and put extra resources into the area until the matter is addressed.
If you require help with something in this section, please contact us.