Dog owners or walkers must, by law, immediately remove their dog’s poo from land where people have the right to walk or enjoy. If you can’t find a dog waste bin, you must take the bag home and dispose of the waste appropriately.
We know most dog owners are responsible. But some dog owners or walkers do not clean up after their dogs.
Dog fouling is one of the problems many people complain about across the country. Dog mess looks horrible, smells and can spread disease. In extreme cases it can cause blindness.
The previous West Somerset district is designated land under The Dog Control Orders 2010. This means that it is an offence for a dog owner not to clean up after their dog. Failure to comply can result in a fixed £75.00 penalty fine or prosecution and a fine up to £1,000.
In the old Taunton Deane area people who don’t pick up after their dogs can face a fixed penalty of £50, or prosecution, which can result in a fine up to £1,000. For details see Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996.
If you can give us proof that someone’s not picking up after their dog, if you want to report a heavily fouled area or you spot a full or damaged dog bin, then tell us using the 'something else' section of the general enquiry online form.