Almost one hundred dog owners reached anti dog fouling focus

Almost one hundred dog owners brought their pets along to the Dogs Trust events, organised by the Council as part of the Don’t be a Waster – Reduce, Reuse, Respect campaign.

The Council has worked with Dogs Trust to host four community events to promote responsible dog ownership which attracted 97 dogs and owners. The events took place in Riccall, Sherburn in Elmet, Selby and Tadcaster.

Laura-Jane Muscroft, Leeds Education and Community Officer for Dogs Trust, said: “It’s been a wonderful opportunity to visit and speak to the next generation of dog owners.

“I’ve talked about caring for dogs, being smart around dogs and the responsibility of dog ownership – including the issue of picking up poo!”

The events included a free dog health check, free poo bags, free on the spot microchipping and a free check your chip service.

To find out more about the work of the Dogs Trust visit

It is an offence for a person in charge of a dog at the time it fouls not to clean up its faeces in a public place. Failure to clean up after a dog may result in a fixed penalty fine of £75, payable within 14 days, or a fine of up to £1,000 if court action is taken.

Residents who witness dog fouling are asked to contact the Council and provide as much information as possible. Report dog fouling online, email or telephone 01757 705101.