It is an offence for any person in charge of a dog to fail to immediately remove and dispose of appropriately any excrement after a dog has fouled without reasonable excuse or the consent of the landowner. This applies to all land to which the public have access whether owned by the local authority or not. Also in the common areas of shared property e.g. back court areas in tenements.
Reasonable excuses do not include not having anything with which to lift the excrement or not being aware of the dog having fouled. Reasonable excuse relates only to physical impairment or where the person in charge of the dog would be exposed to danger as a result of trying to gain access to where the dog had fouled.
Safer & Inclusive Communities Service has a number of Enforcement Officers who, as part of their other duties, have and will issue Fixed Penalty Notices of £80 to offenders (rising to £100 if not paid after 28 days). Offenders should note that a further offence would be committed if they refuse to provide their name and address to a designated officer for the purpose of issuing a fixed penalty notice or if they then fail to pick up the faeces.
If you have witnessed offences being committed or are experiencing regular difficulties with people allowing their dogs to foul in your neighbourhood, you can contact the Customer Service Centre in confidence for advice and assistance.
Dog Warden Service
Safer & Inclusive Communities Service also provides a dog warden service to uplift stray dogs from public areas. If the dogs have a microchip or identification disc they are returned to the owner only on the first occasion they are stray, otherwise they are taken to the SSPCA facility at Cardonald from where they can be re-claimed by the owner ( after the payment of fees) or rehomed.
Page last updated: 1 April 2016