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April – Dog fouling

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.



We’re working with the Dogs Trust to stage community events to promote responsible dog ownership.

These events will offer a free dog health check, free poo bags, free on the spot microchipping and a free check your chip service.

The Dogs Trust will also have information about:

  • 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 will also provide 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


Are you a responsible dog owner? In April 2018 you can sign up to our new ‘Paws and pick up pledge’ and your dog could be the (furry) face of our dog fouling campaign.

Responsible dogs owners who back the Council’s Don’t be a Waster campaign can join in and help wipe out dog fouling in the district with a new initiative.

Dog owners who sign up to the pledge promise to:

  • Clean up after their dog
  • Put their dogs’s waste in any litter bin
  • Remind others who walk their dog to clean up after it
  • Encourage friends and other dog walkers to clean up after their dog
  • Carry extra bags to hand out to other dog walkers if they need one, and
  • Never let their dog out unaccompanied.

To sign up in April you just need to email Web Manager with your name and contact details.

Each week we'll add the photos of the dogs entered to our Facebook page and members of the public can vote for their favourite dog to be the face of the campaign.


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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