Dog fouling

Reporting dog fouling incidents

We will make every effort to catch offenders. If you have any information, you should pass it on to our Neighbourhood Warden - you can report it here.

If we can identify the offender, we can:

1. Issue a verbal or written warning

In this case a witness would not be identified.

2. Take formal action

In this case, a witness must 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 can be helpful.

Your information will help to make our district a cleaner and healthier place to live.

More information

We have adopted the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014. Under this 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 is all land to which the public have a right of access. 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.

The following are not acceptable excuses:

  • 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 community groups, putting up signage and supply stencils and paints to spray on pavements as a deterrent.

For further information you can contact us on 01757 292225.