Dog and animal fouling

Reporting dog fouling incidents

We make every effort to apprehend offenders. For the best results, it is essential that if you have any information, you pass it on to the our Community Warden without delay, you can report it here. If we can identify the offender, we can take the following action:

1. Verbal or written warning

In this case the witness would not be identified.

2. Formal action

In this case, the witness must be prepared to give a written statement and appear in court if needed. The witness must be able to identify the owner and the dog and also give details of the date, time and circumstances of the offence.

Photographic or video evidence is not essential but can be helpful in proving that the offence did take place. Any independent witness should also be identified. Your information will help to make the District a cleaner and healthier place to live.

More information

We have adopted the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014. Under this legislation it is an offence to fail to clear up the mess made by a dog which is in your charge on any designated land in Selby District. The maximum penalty for this offence is a fine of £1000.

Designated land in Selby District is all land in the open air to which the public have a right of access either by payment or not. Exceptions to designated land, where there is no offence are:

  • Carriageways with a speed limit greater than 40 mph and the land running alongside them.
  • Agricultural land or woodlands.
  • Marshland, moor or heath rural common land.

Note - The following will not be considered as a suitable excuse:

  • Being unaware of the fouling;
  • Not being with the dog at the time; or
  • Not having any suitable equipment to remove the mess.

This means that we have the potential to prosecute owners who let their dogs roam unattended.

Proactive Work

We also work proactively with parish councils and other parties, putting up signage and supply stencils and paints to spray on pavements as a deterrent.

For further information on reporting dog fouling please contact us on 01757 292225.