report dog fouling issues to us. It is an offence to not clean up after your dog if it fouls in an open space.
We appreciate that is is often difficult to witness the actual fouling taking place, however we need as much information about the person responsible as possible, such as:
- Anything you know about the owner – name, address, description, etc
- Anything you know about the dog – fur colour, breed, name, etc
- Where the fouling took place (and when, if known)
- The time of day that they walk their dog and the route they take
- An associated vehicle registration number
Without any of this information our officers are unlikely to identify the irresponsible owner. The more information, the more likely it is they will be able to identify them.
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Litter and dog waste bins are provided in many parks and public spaces, and you can also put bagged dog waste in your household bin.
If you do not pick up after your dog has fouled and dispose of this waste in the correct way and are caught in the act, you could receive a fixed penalty notice of £100 or be prosecuted and receive a fine of up to £1,000 if you do not pay the initial fine.
The Council also has in place a Dog Control Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) to help stop problems caused by irresponsible dog ownership in public places.
Please note the council no longer offers free microchipping.
Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 each local authority has an obligation to pick up stray dogs. In order to reclaim their dog, owners must pay a reclaim fee in full before the dog will be released. After seven days the dog becomes the property of Animals Wardens who may gift the dog to any rehoming centre across the North West for them to assess its suitability to be rehomed.
Reporting a Stray Dog
If you wish to report a stray dog during working hours please contact the council on 0303 333 4300. If you wish to report a stray dog after 4pm or at weekends/bank holidays, please contact Animal Wardens on 0151 374 2174.
How to check if a dog has been found in Halton
If your dog is microchipped (as required by law) and the contact details are up to date the Council Dog Warden or our out of hours contractor Animal Wardens will contact you direct to reunite you with your dog. Most dogs that are microchipped with up to date details are reunited with their owners within a few hours of being found.
If you have not been contacted by the council and you want to check whether your dog has been found in Halton please contact Animal Wardens on 0151 374 2174. You will be asked to provide a description of the dog, including breed, colour, age, sex and any distinguishing features. They will also need to know where the dog was last seen and your name, address and phone number. They will then be able to check whether those details match any dogs found. If the details provided match a dog that has been found they will explain how you can reclaim your dog. You must reclaim your dog within 7 days of it being seized.