Dog fouling can cause serious illness as well as being unpleasant.
The majority of dog owners clean up after their pets. Those irresponsible owners that don't will face a fine.
You can use our online form to report dog fouling in your area so we can clean it up.
Please note, if the information you provide regarding an offence involves a vehicle, a full, signed statement will be required from you in order for us to access registered keeper details. Please be prepared to provide this as part of your report otherwise we cannot trace the car and no action will be taken.
Receive £100 if the information you provide leads to either a successful prosecution or the issuing of a £100 Fixed Penalty Notice.
Tell us in confidence if you know of someone who is not cleaning up after their dog at email@example.com or on 01785 619000. Please give us as much detail as possible such as name, location, times, dates.
Follow the work of the dog fouling Enforcement Team via Twitter @staffordbc #dogs.
Any person in charge of a dog who does not clean up the mess will get a £100 Fixed Penalty Notice or face prosecution with a maximum fine of £1,000.
So who is responsible?
It is illegal to leave your dog's poo lying in a public area. If the dog is in your care you must clean up any mess it makes. Being unaware that the dog has fouled, or not having anything to clean up the mess, is not an excuse.
The Council will clear dog faeces from all public places it has legal responsibility for. If a dog fouls on private land unfortunately it is the responsibility of the land owner to clean it up.
What should you do?
Take a poop scoop or a bag with you whenever you take your dog out. You can place the sealed bag in any normal litter or dog waste bin (make note of where public bins are along your route) or take it home with you.
Remember: the Council provides free dog waste bags through a number of outlets around the borough. Look for the yellow dog stickers in the window of the outlets or see the following list for specific areas.