It is an offence for a person not to clean up immediately after a dog in their care fouls in a public or communal place. This is enforced by the Council under the Dog Fouling (Scotland) Act 2003.

We operate a zero tolerance policy against dog fouling. Where this is witnessed by an authorised officer, we will take action against the person in charge of the dog. This will either be the issue of a Fixed Penalty Notice, or you can be reported to the Procurator Fiscal.

We tackle the issue of dog fouling through enforcement patrols and education, for example, the successful WANTED campaign, award winning and hard hitting Shameful, Filthy, Selfish campaign and Green Dog Walkers project.

The WANTED campaign is run by the Community Safety Team and targets areas blighted by dog fouling. Areas are identified by the team where dog fouling is prevalent. By increasing patrols, leafleting nearby streets and flooding the area with hard hitting posters appealing for information, we aim to reduce the problem.

There were 8 campaigns held in 2013 across the Falkirk area, and in each case a reduction in the level of dog fouling was seen.

Report dog fouling to our Community Safety Team

Antisocial behaviour helpline
0808 100 3161


Frequently asked questions

  1. Do I have to provide my details when asked?
  2. What if I didn’t see the dog doing it?
  3. Where can I get dog bags?
  4. What can I do about dog fouling near where I live?
  5. Why can dog faeces be dangerous?
  6. Is anyone exempt from prosecution for allowing their dog to foul in a public place?

Do I have to provide my details when asked?

Yes, under the Dog Fouling (Scotland) Act 2003, it is an offence to fail to provide your details when required by an authorised officer.


What if I didn’t see the dog doing it?

As a responsible person in charge of a dog, you should always be aware of its behaviour and actions. This is therefore not a valid excuse for not picking up. 


Where can I get dog bags?

We supply biodegradable dog bags free of charge. More information and locations can be found here:
http://www.falkirk.gov.uk/services/bins-rubbish-recycling/rubbish-litter/dog-fouling/dog-waste-bins.aspx


What can I do about dog fouling near where I live?

If you live in the Falkirk Council area you can report this to the Community Safety Team on 0808 100 3161.

We also have a Litter Strategy Team who regularly campaign on dog fouling and its associated problems.  You can sign up to our very successful Green Dog Walkers Campaign or you can adopt our ‘Shameful, Filthy, Selfish’ campaign within your own area, raising awareness using our images to display on lampposts around your neighbourhood. We can also provide you with information leaflets about dog fouling and promotional items.

For more information on our latest campaigns please call the litter line 01324 504433 or email us at litterzone@falkirk.gov.uk.


Why can dog faeces be dangerous?

Dog fouling is a real problem in parks, on streets and even in some school grounds. It can make a mess of our footwear and clothes and can be dangerous to human health. It can be dangerous as it contains a roundworm which can cause a variety of illnesses and in the worst cases, eye damage and even blindness. This happens to about 50 people each year in the UK, usually children).


Is anyone exempt from prosecution for allowing their dog to foul in a public place?

There are a number of exemptions to the Dog Fouling (Scotland) Act 2003, including:

  • a blind person in charge of a dog that is being used for that persons guidance;
  • a person in charge of a working dog being used for the tending or driving of sheep or cattle;
  • the armed forces, customs and excise or the police force are also exempt but only when the dogs are working;
  • some disabled persons.

There is no specific exemption for partially sighted people, the elderly or the infirm.