New national restrictions are in place. Make sure you know what to do to Protect Portsmouth.
Dog mess is often left on footpaths and playing fields and can cover shoes and clothes – at worst it can lead to blindness due to an infection caused by the parasitic worm ‘Toxocara canis’.
It is possible for councils to designate land under The Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996 – the designated land includes roads, footpaths, school playing fields, sports fields and parks.
It is an offence for a dog owner not to clean up after their dog in these areas.
Failure to do so can result in a prosecution and fine of up to £1,000 – it is no defence to claim ignorance of the dog’s actions.
Our weekly street cleansing schedule will ensure any dog mess on footpaths and roads is cleared.
However, if you believe dog fouling in your area is a regular occurrence, you may report the issue along with any dates, times, patterns and descriptions of owners and dogs.
Please use our report dog fouling form to send us these details – if you saw the dog fouling take place, please state whether you are prepared to give a witness statement.