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Dog Fouling

The Council asks for your cooperation in keeping our streets and spaces clean by ensuring you clean up after your dog. Many sites have bins provided especially for this purpose.

If you wish to report to the Council a problem with animal fouling, please contact the Customer Services Team on:

Tel: 01799 510510.

Email: uconnect@uttlesford.gov.uk

or

Complete our online form .

The Law Surrounding Dogs

Did you know you may face a fine if you do not clean up after your dog?

Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996

Under this Act you face a fine of up to £1,000 if you do not clean up after your dog.

Keeping your dog under control

Did you know that you may face a fine or imprisonment as a result of injury or damage caused by your dog (including injury to another dog) if you fail to keep proper control of your dog?

Animals Act 1971

Section 3 of this Act imposes a strict liability (there is no defence) on the keeper of a dog where the dog causes damage by killing or injuring livestock.

Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1952

Section 1 of this Act makes it a criminal offence for a dog to worry livestock on any agricultural land.

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991

Under Section 3 of this Act you are required, as a dog owner, to keep your dog under proper control. This applies to ALL dogs. It is a criminal offence to allow your dog to be dangerously out of control in a public place.

For the purpose of the Act, a dog is regarded as dangerously out of control on any occasion on which there are grounds for reasonable apprehension that it will injure any person, whether or not it actually does so.

If you were found guilty under Section 3 of the Act you are liable, on conviction, to up to six months imprisonment or a fine of up to £5,000.

If your dog actually causes injury, this is what is called an aggravated offence. If you were found guilty you are liable:

  • on summary conviction to up to six months imprisonment or a fine of up to £5,000, or both;
  • on conviction on indictment (in the Crown Court) to up to two years imprisonment or a fine, or both