Dog Fouling

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Apart from the obvious unpleasant effects of dog fouling there are potential health risks. Dogs can be affected by several types of worm, one of which can cause serious illness in children.

It is important that you:

  • clear dog mess from public places and your own garden
  • worm your dog every 6 months
  • wash your hands after playing with dogs
  • train your dog to go at home and take a plastic bag and poop scoop when you go out

It is an offence for any person in charge of a dog not to remove any faeces deposited by a dog in their charge.

Anyone found guilty of an offence will be issued with a fixed penalty notice (currently £100 fine reduced to £75 if paid within 10 days). This gives an opportunity to discharge liability to prosecution.

Should the fine not be paid, or offences be persistent we may prosecute with a maximum fine of £1000.

Dog Waste Bins

There are a number of dog waste bins and litter bins across the district, such as in parks and other open spaces that are popular with dog walkers. If there is a special dog waste bin please use it, otherwise it's fine to put securely tied bags of dog poo into a litter bin.

If you spot an overflowing bin, or a bin that's damaged or missing, please report it here.

Dog Fouling Bag Dispensers

As part of ongoing work to keep the district clean and safe, Dover District Council in partnership with a leading dispensing station company has installed dog waste bag dispensing stations in 25 locations across the district.

The scheme is funded by sponsorship from local businesses and organisations, and the dispensers feature a display board, which allows companies to support the project by displaying their logo.

Dog bag station

The dog fouling dispensers can be found at the following locations:

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