Dog fouling

It is an offence under the Dog Fouling (Scotland) Act for a person in charge of a dog to fail to removes and dispose of appropriately any excrement after the animal has fouled. The Act applies to all public places including common passages, back greens, stairs and other similar areas.

You may receive a Fixed Penalty Notice if you fail to clear up excrement after a dog ion your control has fouled. If the Notice is not paid offenders may also be reported to the Procurator Fiscal.

Biodegradable dog waste bags can be purchased from the following locations:

You can report a concern relating to dog fouling online or by contacting us on the details below

Contact details

Environmental Health and Trading Standards
Communities and Housing
Business Hub 15
3rd Floor South
Marischal College
Broad Street
AB10 1AB
Phone: 03000 200 292

Yes, you are still liable. The Dog Fouling (Scotland) Act 2003 Act places responsibility to clear up any waste on the person in charge of the dog. This doesn't have to be the dog's owner. If you are caught allowing a dog to foul and not removing the waste you are liable for the offence regardless of who actually owns the dog.

Yes, children can be prosecuted for allowing a dog in their care to foul a public place, as the Dog Fouling (Scotland) Act 2003 does not contain any exemption from the offence for children under the age of 16.

Dog faeces may contain pathogenic bacteria and may also contain the paraciteToxicara which may cause various health problems including blindness and liver disorder in humans. It is therefore important to wash your hands thoroughly if you come into contact with dog faeces.

Contact the Dog Wardens Service on 03000 200 292 and provide as much information as possible to enable your complaint to be suitably investigated, regarding the dog and its owner.

There are a number of exemptions to the Dog Fouling (Scotland) Act 2003, including: a blind person in charge of a dog that is being used for that persons guidance; a person in charge of a working dog being used for the tending or driving of sheep or cattle; the armed forces, customs and excise or the police force are also exempt but only when the dogs are working; and some disabled persons There is no specific exemption for partially sighted people, the elderly or the infirm.

The Police and Authorised Council Officers can prosecute people who allow their dogs to foul public places.

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