Under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005, it is an offence not to clean up after a dog has defecated on public land. A person may be issued with an £80 fixed penalty fine, if they do not clean up, or alternatively may be prosecuted through the magistrates court, where the maximum fine is £1000.
Not only is it unsightly, dog waste is a serious health hazard and there have been cases reported of children going blind after contracting toxocariasis, an infection caused by worms in dog and cat faeces.
When out with your dog you should always be prepared to clean up after it.
Dog waste bags are easily carried and readily available from Lancaster and Morecambe Visitor Information Centres and from most pet stores and vets. Plastic carrier bags can be re-used for the same purpose.
Dog waste that has been bagged can be disposed of in any ordinary litter bin or dog waste bin. If no bins are available the waste should be taken home and placed in your grey wheelie bin.
The dog wardens can only take action against offenders if they know who they are. We need your help.
If you are aware of offenders causing a particular problem in your neighbourhood you can contact the dog warden service, using the details below, who will investigate and take appropriate action. You can also report dog fouling online using the link at the top of this page.
We also provide a poster that you can display in your window or on your gate to remind people to clean up after their dogs. This can be downloaded from the right hand side of this page, collected from Lancaster or Morecambe Town Halls, or requested by phone using the details below.
The Dog Warden service unfortunately cannot help with issues of fouling relating to other animals, for example horses.
Toxocariasis is a rare infection caused by roundworm parasites. It's spread from animals to humans through contact with infected faeces. Find out more on NHS Choices.
Last updated: 08 March 2017