Allowing a dog to foul in a public space without cleaning
it up is an act of environmental anti-social
Don't put up with it!
- It's the law for an owner, or person in charge of a dog, to
pick up after it has fouled on public land.
- If they don't clean-up, they can be issued with an £80 fixed
- The maximum penalty is £1000 in a magistrates court.
- Dog mess is unpleasant and can cause serious illness &
blindness to people through an infection called Toxocariasis;
caused by worms found in dogs intestines.
- The Council's Dog Welfare & Enforcement
Service undertake strategic enforcement in areas particularly
affected by fouling.
What is Toxicarasis?
Toxicarasis can cause blindness, stomach upsets, sore throats and
asthma. It is caused by a roundworm called Toxocara, which is
commonly found in dogs, and almost all puppies. Eggs from the
roundworm are found in dog waste, where they can pose a health risk
if ingested, particularly to small children. The eggs remain active
in the soil for years, long after any dog waste has weathered away,
so the risk isn't always obvious; that is why it is important to
always wash your hands after using open spaces. You should always
wash your hands after having contact with a dog, as dogs also carry
worm eggs in their coat.
What you can do?
No Fouling signs are available for you to download & fix to
your property. You are not able to fix these to public property,
but it will still help to spread the message if Dog Fouling is a
problem in your neighbourhood.
If you're a dog owner/walker - always carry a bag when you walk
your dog. Bagged dog mess tied up tightly (ideally double bagged)
can be placed in ANY public litter bin
If you have a
garden, train your dog to do its mess there and make sure you clean
up and put it in your refuse bin straight away. Never put animal
mess in your garden bin.
Never let your
dog to go out to do its mess alone.
Ready 2 Report?
If you have a problem with dog fouling in your neighrbourhood
and you know who the dog walker is report them, the more it's
reported, the more they might think twice about leaving mess. It is
useful to know the date of when the offence took place & where
you witnessed it
Report it to
St.Helens Council Dog Welfare and
Enforcement on 01744 676338 or to
the Council online -
simply register for an account or report anonymously.
You can also
download the St.Helens Council App to submit photographic
evidence. Search St.Helens Council on Google Play, Iphone App Store
or Blackberry App World.
For more information about responsible dog ownership, visit