Dog fouling is a crime
It is offensive and anti-social and if not disposed of responsibly, can end up on -
- shoes and clothing
- pram wheels
Dog owners are encouraged to train their dogs to poo on their own property, to make it easier to -
- clean it
- bag it
- bin it
If any dog fouls in a public place it must be immediately cleaned up using a suitable bag, before being tied and disposed of responsibly.
There is no excuse not to clean up after any dog.
In Hull, dog owners can dispose of dog poo in any one of our 4,000 street litter bins throughout the city or taken home and disposed of in your black bin.
What harm can it cause
Dog fouling can be dangerous to human health, especially to children, the elderly and those with underlying health conditions.
When people come in to contact with dog poo, it can cause Toxocariasis. This is a parasitic infection with no known cure, which can lead to health issues ranging from dizziness and nausea, to seizures and blindness in rare cases.
You must always clean up after your dog where it fouls -
- highway (this includes grass verges)
- cycle paths
- public land and open spaces for example parks and playgrounds
- car parks
If you find dog poo on your property, it is your responsibility to clean this up.
How to report dog fouling
If you see someone not cleaning up after their dog, you can report this to us using the form below.
We will investigate reports against people responsible for dog fouling and take action, so long as we can identify and locate the person responsible.
If you have witnessed anyone allowing their dog to foul and not pick it up, we will ask you to provide a witness statement. If you are unwilling to provide a witness statement, this will most likely prevent enforcement action being able to be taken and a referral for clearance only.
Any information we ask you to provide, will only be used to help us to take action against the person responsible. If you have photos or video footage, please keep this safe as you will be asked to provide this once you have completed this form.
If you allow your dog to foul and fail to clean it up immediately, this may result in -
- £50 fixed penalty
- prosecution and a maximum penalty of £1,000