Dog Fouling and Dog Bins
Dartford Borough Council are working with The Dogs Trust to promote responsible dog ownership as part of the Dogs Trust Partnership Award. We are currently offering free dog fouling bags at our reception desk, so please pop in to collect yours whilst stocks last:
Civic Centre, Home Gardens, Dartford, DA1 1DR
Tel. 01322 343434 Opening times: Monday - Thursday 8.45 to 17.15
Swanscombe and Greenhithe Town Council Offices, The Grove, Swanscombe, DA10 0GA
Tel. 01322 385513 Opening times: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9.30 - 16.00
Wilmington Parish Council Offices, Oakfield Park, Wilmington, DA1 2TD
Tel. 01322 221149 - Opening times: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9.00 - 12.00
Stone Parish Council Offices, Hayes Road, Greenhithe, DA0 9AD
Tel. 01322 384400 Opening times: Monday - Friday 9.00 - 18.00
Allowing a dog to foul in a public place is not a crime, but failure to clean up afterwards is. This applies to almost everywhere except agricultural and forestry land.
In most cases we will warn offenders in writing and this is usually sufficient to deter further offences. With sufficient evidence against a persistent offender or those who refuse to pay an on-the-spot-fine, we will not hesitate to prosecute - this could lead to a fine of up to £1,000.
If you witness someone failing to clean up after their dog, you should note what has happened as soon as possible and include the following information when contacting us:
- Name and address of the person in charge of the dog
- What the owner / handler was wearing when the incident occurred
- A description of the dog
- The date and time of the offence
- An accurate description of the location and the incident
If the fouling occurs at regular times, you may be asked to provide the council with written evidence and be prepared to attend court if necessary.
Bag it Bin it (any bag any bin)
Always carry a bag when you walk your dog. Dogs mess can be placed in ANY public litter bin or even your waste bin at home if there isn't a public bin around.
Don't take the risk. Bag it and bin it.
If you wish to request a new dog bin or ask for a bin to be emptied, please call our Contact Centre on 01322 343434.