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Stray dogs and dog fouling

Lost and stray dogs can be a danger and cause concern for those using streets and highways.


We deal with all stray dogs in and out of office hours. This is inclusive of weekends and bank holidays. At certain times, a Neighbourhood Dog Warden may not be able to attend to your property to collect the dog until the following working day. During this time, we ask that the dog be contained or taken to a drop off point which will be advised by calling our Contact Centre on 0115 907 2244.

Please note that we do not deal with dangerous or unwanted dogs.

To report a stray dog, you may be asked to provide the following information:

  • Your contact details (name, address, telephone and email).

  • A description of the dog (colour, breed, size, age and sex).

  • The date and time when you found the dog.

  • The location where the dog was found.

  • If the dog is wearing any form of identification.

  • The address where the dog could be collected from.

If a dog is caught straying, our Neighbourhood Dog Wardens will attempt to trace the owners and notify them as to where their dog may be collected. Any stray dogs are kept safely for up to seven clear days and if not claimed will be considered for rehoming.

Please be advised that if the Council has to pick up your dog as a stray then there will be a Penalty Fee incurred. At present this fee is £52.00. The cost for kennels, vaccinations and any required vet treatment will also be passed on to you as the owner.

If you have a complaint regarding dogs straying on school premises or interfering with the flow of traffic we will endeavour to deal with this as a priority.

If you find a stray dog please call us on 0115 9072244, or message our Facebook page.

Dog fouling

Dog fouling is a national problem and many members of the public are affected by dog fouling which occurs in their local area and/or recreational areas. The Dog Control order S59 (1 & 2) Clean Neighbourhoods & Environment act 2005 Legislation was introduced to make it an offence to allow your dog to foul public land and fail to clean it up immediately.

In many areas we have installed dog waste bins as a facility for responsible dog owners who clear up after their dogs and the use of litter bins for the disposal of dog waste is now permitted.

Our Neighbourhood Wardens and Neighbourhood Dog Warden regularly patrol the borough and where necessary will issue fixed penalty notices of £80 to any person who has allowed their dog to foul and failed to clear, with a prosecution charge of up to £1000 if referred to court.

If you are regularly seeing someone allowing their dog to foul in a public place without cleaning it up, please contact us via the details provided below. This will then be used to assist us with our patrols.

Please note that the information given is treated in the strictest confidence.

Enforcement of the Dog Fouling Law

The Dog Control order S59 (1 & 2) Clean Neighbourhoods & Environment act 2005 makes it is an offence to allow your dog to foul in a public place, without clearing it away immediately and disposing of it properly.

Disposing of it properly means placing it in one of the bins provided by us or taking it home, putting it in another bag and placing inside your wheelie bin.

If you are regularly seeing someone allowing their dog to foul in a public place without cleaning it up, then you can pass this information onto our Neighbourhood Wardens on 0115 907 2244. Every dog fouling complaint is investigated. Our Neighbourhood Wardens will visit the area and if possible, put up signs to remind people about the laws on dog fouling.

Prosecution of offenders

Our Neighbourhood Wardens actively patrol the Borough to catch dog owners who do not clear up after their dog has fouled.

A fixed penalty notice of £80 will be issued to anyone who allows their dog to foul on public land.

We will actively prosecute anyone that does not discharge their liability to conviction in court, this could lead to a fine of £1000 in court and obtain a criminal record.

Solutions not to get prosecuted:

  • If you have a garden encourage the dog to "go" there. You can then bury the mess or alternatively clean it up and bin it.

  • If you walk your dog always carry the means to clear up after your dog. A simple plastic bag will do the trick or obtain a poop scoop from your local pet shop.

  • Remember to take a bag or poop scoop like you'd remember a lead. Every time your dog fouls "bag it and bin it".

  • Remember rain does not wash the problem away. Never let your dog out alone to "go to the loo".

You can contact our Neighbourhood Wardens by:

Email: n.warden@erewash.gov.uk 
Tel: 0115 907 2244

Pride-line: 0115 850 8383 (24 hours confidential hot-line)
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For out of hours emergencies please call 0115 907 2244.

Erewash Borough Council

Erewash Borough Council, Town Hall, Wharncliffe Road, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, DE7 5RP 0115 907 2244