Dog Fouling

Remember, you are required to clean up after your dog has fouled, and properly dispose of it, when your dog fouls in any area which the public are entitled to have access to.

We have introduced a Dog Fouling Order that covers all of Cornwall to ensure all areas of Cornwall have the same levels of enforcement for dog fouling. 

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Failing to clean up after your dog has fouled will result in a fixed penalty being issued - which is for £80 or prosecution where if found guilty you would face a maximum fine of £1000.

Whilst we only have a limited number of Dog Welfare and Enforcement Officers in Cornwall, there are a number of other officers who are able to issue fixed penalties (many of which are not uniformed officers) as well as most PCSO's - this means that there is a relatively high chance that you will be caught should you not clear up after your dog has fouled. 

It is not an excuse in law that you were not aware of the fact that the dog had fouled - so you can be held responsible even if you did not see the incident, or if it is witnessed whilst the dog is straying.

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We will investigate all complaints that are received - although the level of service that we can provide will obviously vary depending upon the quality of information that is provided. 

For example we would be in a better position to take action should you be able to provide a full description of what happened - including:

  • Date
  • Time
  • Location
  • What you witnessed
  • Description of the dog/owner and as much information as possible about the incident
  • Any information regarding the offender - which could include name/address (if known), vehicle registration number or any other identifying feature.

You may be asked to provide a witness statement - although you will be provided with information and help with that, and if the fixed penalty is not paid it is likely that you would be asked to attend court.

It is only with people getting involved and reporting problems in their neighbourhood that we will be able to solve more problems and take more enforcement action on issues such as dog fouling.

campaign to encourage dog owners to be responsible, clean up after their dog and think about the impact their lack of action and lack of consideration has on the wider community has been launched.