Report dog fouling (dog mess)

As well as being unsightly, smelly and generally unpleasant, dog waste is a major environmental pollutant and disease carrier. It can contain various bacteria and parasites including:

  • Toxocara canis, a parasite which can cause blindness in children
  • Escherichia coli (E.coli), which can be washed down into the water table by rain and end up in drinking water
  • Neospora caninum, which can cause neosporosis in cattle and lead to bovine abortion 
  • Sarcocystis spp, a parasite which can cause sarcocystosis and lead to neurological disease and death in infected sheep

It is an offence to not clean up after your dog when it fouls on public land. Anyone caught not cleaning up will be prosecuted.

Dog waste should be bagged and tied to prevent spillage and put in either a litter bin, or a designated dog waste disposal bin. There are over 300 dog waste disposal bins provided across Adur and Worthing. 

You can report a dog bin that needs emptying using the form below.

To report someone who you witness failing to clear up their dog's mess please use this contact us. Any information you provide will be treated as confidential:

Our dog wardens regularly patrol areas where dog fouling is an issue. They are required to prosecute anyone found not respecting this law. 

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Page last updated: 05 May 2021