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How we can help tackle it by working with your community.

dog fouling

Our Community Officers are your first point of contact to raise issues relating to dog fouling. Persistent dog fouling can be tackled – with your support. Witness reports can help us identify the culprits.

You can report anyone you see failing to clean up after their dog using our online form. Please give as much information as possible to help us take action. If we can identify the offender, we can give a verbal or written warning or take formal action including prosecution. Remember it’s no excuse to be unaware your dog has fouled.

Throughout April we will be reminding dog owners of the penalties for failing to pick up after their pooch – and encouraging reporting of this to us.  It is an offence for a person in charge of a dog at the time it fouls not to clean up its faeces in a public place. Failure to clean up after a dog may result in a fixed penalty fine of £75, payable within 14 days, or a fine of up to £1,000 if court action is taken.

Over 60 dogs were seen at the Dogs Trust events - community events to promote responsible dog ownership in Helmsley, Norton-on-Derwent and Pickering. These events offered free dog health checks, free poo bags, free on the spot microchipping and a free check your chip service.

The Dogs Trust also provided information on:

  • The change in the law regarding compulsory microchipping
  • The legal requirement of keeping the microchip owner information up to date
  • The legal requirement for collar and tag
  • The legal requirement to pick up after your dog
  • The importance of proper training/socialisation to prevent anti-social behaviour
  • How to be safe around dogs

They also provided health and wellbeing advice including promoting the importance of:

  • Neutering
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Recognising signs of ill health
  • Registering with a vet
  • Regular flea/worm treatment
  • Annual vaccinations
  • Regular dental checks


Could your dog be the furry face of our anti dog fouling campaign?

We are working to tackle dog fouling and offering your dog the chance to be the furry face of the Don’t be a Waster – Reduce, Reuse, Respect campaign.

Dog owners who sign up to be Green Dog Walkers – responsible dog owners who always pick up after their pets and tie a green ribbon to their dogs’ lead – can enter their dog for the competition. Each week, through our Facebook page @RyedaleDC, we’ll let members of the public pick their favourite pooch from a selection of the entries. Each week’s winner will go through to the grand final of the competition.

The Green Dog Walker scheme is being run with a number of local town and parish councils taking part and offering dog owners the ribbon. Dog walkers with green ribbons attached to their dog leads are identified as dog walkers with spare poo bags. These dog walkers will also report any dog walkers who don’t pick up after their dog to Ryedale District Council.

Entries are no longer being accepted.  To vote for your furry face of Ryedale go to this link.

Each week on our Facebook page we’ll have a vote to find the favourite dog who will be chosen as the furry face of our anti dog fouling initiative.

Week 1 & 2 winner - Jeff

Week 3 winner - Willow

Week 4 winner - Dowdy

Overall #DontBeAWaster competition winner

Dog Green RibbonWe’re looking for proactive parish and town councils who would like to sign up to a green dog walker scheme. This scheme encourages responsible dog walkers to act as village wardens – they’ll tie a green ribbon to their dog lead to identify them as walkers who have spare dog poo bags. They’ll also report any dog walkers who don’t pick up after their dog to Ryedale District Council. To find out more please email Web Manager.

Parish and town councils running a Green Dog Walker scheme can use this template (Word, 1 page, 115kb) to promote the scheme on noticeboards, websites and social media pages. Those running the scheme can order their own green ribbon from any supplier – other areas running this scheme have obtained the ribbon from eBay. The ribbon can be cut to any length to attach to dog leads, however we’ve worked on the basis that 5 metres will create around 25 ribbons (20cm each).

Schools and community groups are welcome to join the scheme, set up their own initiatives using this information – just email Web Manager so we can help you promote the scheme.

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Ryedale District Council
Ryedale House
Old Malton Road
Malton, North Yorkshire
YO17 7HH

Email: Contact the Council

Phone: 01653 600666

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