​Dog Fouling

You can 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 dispose of this waste in the correct way and are caught in the act, you could receive a fixed penalty notice of £80 which could result in a fine of £1,000 if you are prosecuted or do not pay the initial fine.

There are also a number of Dog Control Areas that list sites throughout the borough where dog fouling, dogs on leads etc. are prohibited under the Clean Neighbourhoods Act.  The following orders provide more detail:

Stray Dogs

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. Please contact Animal Wardens Ltd.

After seven days the dog becomes the property of Animals Wardens Ltd who may gift the dog to any rehoming centre across the North West for them to assess its suitability to be rehomed.

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.