In Torridge, it is an offence for a person in charge of a dog not to clean up immediately if the dog has fouled on public land.


  • Always carry bags when you take your dog out so you can clean up when it 'goes to the toilet'

  • Be considerate, do not exercise your dog in a children's play area, a school field or sports ground, or ornamental gardens

  • If there is no poop scoop bin available, please take the waste home with you to dispose of

  • Worm your dog at regular intervals throughout the year - ask your vet for advice

  • Never allow your dog to wander unsupervised in a public place

If you see somebody who doesn't clean up after their dog, or who lets their dog out unsupervised and doesn't clean up please complete the online form below

Information can be given confidentially

Report a person allowing their dog to foul here.

What Torridge District Council can do?

Council staff are authorised to issue fixed penalty notices if they witness a dog fouling offence and regular patrols are carried out in an effort to catch those responsible.

If they have evidence that a dog owner has not cleaned up any mess left by his or her dog, they can issue a fixed penalty notice.  They can also prosecute and a court can issue a fine of up to £1,000.

Click here for more information on Dog Control Orders