Dog Fouling and Stray Dogs

Dog Fouling

Dog fouling can cause serious health risks, particularly to children, due to the bacteria it contains. It also spoils the environment for all. It can be reported to us via the online dog fouling form, 24/7 at your convenience.

The law

In North East Derbyshire it is a criminal offence, under a Public Spaces Protection Order, to not clean up your dog's waste. If you are witnessed failing to clear your dog’s waste, you will be issued with a £100 fixed penalty notice. The fixed penalty is an alternative to being taken to court.

It is not an excuse to say you did not witness your dog foul and if you do not have the means to pick up you may also receive a £100 fixed penalty notice. 

If a person gives false details or refuses to cooperate then the matter will be referred directly to the magistrate’s court. Environmental Health enforcement officers are equipped with body cameras and will record the issuing of Fixed Penalty Notices.

What can the council do?

Our Environmental Health enforcement officers will respond to reports of dog fouling by carrying out patrols and erecting signage or requesting pavement stencilling where necessary.

Where there are accumulations of excessive dog fouling on public land our Streetscene will clear. If it is on private land it is the responsibility of the land owner to clear.

Stray Dogs

North East Derbyshire/Bolsover District Council have an obligation under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to collect any dogs found straying in the local area. These dogs are collected by the Environmental Enforcement Team and placed in our kennels for a period of 7 clear days to give the owner the opportunity to come forward to claim their dog. Every effort is taken to try to reunite the dog with its owner during this period of time.

Dog asleep in hut

Any dog that is not claimed is usually always rehomed by our team. The rehoming process has always been a challenging one as our kennels need to be available to accept new dogs. We use rescue centres and rehome a few privately but we are always aware that the dogs that are ready to leave need to be rehomed as quickly as possible.

Occasionally we get requests from members of the public, who due to changing circumstances can no longer keep their dogs. It could be through changing circumstances, such as a house move or a new baby. While we are totally sympathetic to any situation where our help may be needed, we are unable to take pets into our kennels, which are required for genuine strays only.

This does not mean that we are unwilling to help so we have put together some useful information for some rescue centres which may be able to assist should you find yourself in need of their services.

German Shepherd dog

Another source of rehoming is to go direct to the breed rescue, i.e. if you own a German Shepherd try: German Shepherd Rescue - you will find out that they have local branch volunteers that are able to assist.

Be responsible – If rehoming privately, never give a dog away for free or without checking the home where it is going to live first.

If you encounter a lost or stray dog in the District, you can report it to us online so we can investigate. Reporting is simple, just fill in the Report a stray or lost dog form.