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Dog fouling

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Am I allowed to walk my dog?

Yes, you are allowed to walk your dog, however, you must keep your dog under close control at all times.

We advise that you keep your dog on a lead at this time, to avoid a situation where you need to break social-distancing rules to retrieve your dog, and to reduce the risk of a visit to the vets.

Existing Public Space Protection Orders for dog control are in place in South Tyneside, see PSPOs for dog fouling and dog control

For more advice, see GOV.UK: Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for people with animals


Report dog fouling

Report it online, by calling the Council's Customer Contact Centre on 0191 427 7000 or by text to 07786 200 802.

Report dog fouling

Dog fouling is a big concern, not just because of the mess it causes, but because it can also be a health risk.

What are we doing?

The Council is committed to raising awareness about the issue of dog fouling and will respond reactively and pro-actively to reported incidents.

The Council is currently:

  • installing bins where they haven't been provided previously- but, did you know you can use any public bin to dispose of your bagged dog waste?
  • utilising Council and private CCTV / mobile phone material - to identify irresponsible dog owners who do not pick up after their dogs
  • training officers on the street - Council and South Tyneside Homes officers are being trained to issue Fixed Penalty Notices, talk to people, encourage responsible dog ownership and hand out poop-scoop bags.

Did you know...

  • Around 100 cases of toxocariasis are diagnosed each year in the UK
  • Local authorities in the UK receive approximately 226,000 complaints about dog fouling every year
  • The cost to British taxpayers of clearing up after dogs is around £2.3 million per year
  • It is an offence for anyone in charge of a dog on public land to fail to remove dog faeces deposited by that dog

How are dog fouling incidents enforced?

The Borough of South Tyneside is covered by a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) which prohibits the fouling of land by dogs.

Allowing a dog that you own (or are in control of) to foul public land without picking it up immediately, is an offence that attracts a fixed penalty. A number of Council and South Tyneside Homes officers can enforce the Public Space Protection Order.

If you have photographic, CCTV or video evidence of a dog fouling incident, you can report it to the Environmental Health Team by calling 0191 427 7000 or emailing

For more information about the Public Space Protection Order see Public Spaces Protection Orders for dog fouling and dog control.

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