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Dog fouling 

People who don’t clean up after their dogs are foul, and those irresponsible people will get a fine of £80 if they’re caught.

As well as being disgusting and unsightly, dog mess can carry a parasite called toxocara which can lead to toxocariasis infection. At it’s worst this infection can cause blindness.

How do you dispose of dog mess?

  • Always carry a bag or suitable item to pick up and contain your dog’s mess
  • Please bag and bin dog mess
  • Please dispose of it in ANY of our waste bins or in a dog waste bin. If this is not possible, please take it home for safe disposal.
  • Please help keep East Devon clean

 Where must you pick up?

  • Dog owners and dog walkers must always pick up when they are in a place accessible to the public which means the the whole of East Devon, including the beaches
  • Please note that Forestry Commission land has its’ own rules for specific locations.

What happens if I don’t pick up?

  • A Fixed Penalty Notice for £80 is issued when an offence is witnessed by an officer or on information provided by a member of the public
  • No preliminary warnings are given
  • If the fine is not paid the case will be taken to court and this could result in a fine up to £1000.

 What can you do to defeat dog fouling?

  • Please report offenders and hotspots online. Help be our eyes and ears. We need the following information to do this:
    • Description of the dog
    • Description of the person in control of the dog at the time
    • Name and address of person in control (if known)
    • Vehicle registration number of person walking the dog (if known)
    • Details of the incident (including date and time) 

What do we do to stop and reduce dog fouling?

  • We take every opportunity to educate people in control of dogs who don't pick up
  • We place permanent signs and stickers in areas which are very badly affected by dog fouling
  • We stencil pavements in heavily fouled areas as part of our “pick it up” campaign 
  • Our StreetScene operatives clean up heavily fouled areas

Please note that we usually only take such actions where there is a serious or persistent problem reported by our street cleansing team or by town and parish councils. Unfortunately we do not have sufficient staff resources to attend areas at a specific time in the hope that the offender will appear, unless we have received regular and reliable information.

Dog fouling and dog bins - some of your questions answered

Q - Can I use a litter bin if there is not dog bin nearby?

Yes. However, where possible please use a dog bin. If neither is available, please take your dog's mess home with you and dispose of it in your landfill bin. If you have to use a litter bin please ensure it is properly bagged.

Q - I would like to request a dog waste bin to be put in the park or street near my home can you arrange this?

A request for a new dog waste bin should be put to your local town or parish council. We no longer finance additional bins due to the high number already provided in the district. However, we do organise the installation and emptying of new bins on behalf of town and parish councils. They currently cost approximately £150 for supply and installation and £200 per annum to empty.

Exmouth Town Council and Honiton Town Council are unable to fund any more dog bins.