Dog fouling - resources for parish councils

What parish councils can do to reduce dog fouling

The council can provide parish councils with:

  • advisory meetings with the council to discuss problems
  • signs, stickers and posters
  • information for parish newsletters.

Meetings with the council

We hope to start online training for parish councils in 2024, so they are aware of how to report offenders to dog wardens. We aim to work closely with those we have trained, to help reduce the amount of dog fouling in their area. Parish councils will also be informed when this is available.

For more information, please contact the dog warden:

Tel: (01482) 393939 or email

Promotional materials

Stickers and signage

To arrange for stickers or signs to be placed on lamp posts etc, please contact the dog warden team.

Tel: (01482) 393939 or email


The following sign and poster documents can be used by parish councils in areas where dog fouling is a problem.

Bin sign - dog fouling (pdf 241kb opens in new window)

Dog toilet post card (pdf 165kb opens in new window)

Kids poster - dog fouling (pdf 2.2mb opens in new window)

Erecting signage - dog fouling (pdf 12kb opens in new window)

We can supply batches of the dog toilet post card, at a discounted price of £10 for 250. If you would like to order these, the parish clerk should send an email, including their contact details, to

You can also order material for dog fouling campaigns from the Keep Britain Tidy website.

Keep Britain Tidy – dog fouling materials (external website)

Can members of the public put up signs/stickers/posters?

No. Any requests must be made to the parish council for signs, stickers or posters. You can find contact details for each parish council in the parish council finder.

Any signs, stickers or posters displayed without the permission of the parish council will be treated as fly-posting and removed.

Dogs Trust campaigns

Information about free workshops for schools and communities can be found on the Learn with the Dogs trust website.

Information for parish newsletters

We have produced suggested wording for parish newsletters below, which parish councils can use and alter for their own purposes. Text can be copied from the different topics below and pasted straight into your newsletter.

This includes information on:

  • how we are working with East Riding of Yorkshire Council

  • blindness in children from dog fouling

  • using litter bins for dog waste, and

  • risk to livestock from dog faeces.

Text can be copied from this web page

Suggested wording for newsletters

How we are working with East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Our parish/town council has been invited to enter into a dog control partnership with East Riding of Yorkshire Council. We know that dog fouling is of concern to residents and so we have decided to join the partnership.

The aim of the partnership with East Riding of Yorkshire Council is to build close links between their dog wardens and ourselves, to provide a better service in responding to fouling and to deter it from happening in the first place.

The training will provide (parish/town) councillors with the knowledge and appreciation of how to provide the evidence needed to prove an offence under the dog control orders. As residents of (name of parish/town) councillors will now be keeping an eye out for fouling problems and talking to dog walkers in our parish/town. (We will particularly be looking at the (insert name of hot spot) areas.)

The great majority of dog walkers do pick up after their dog and get really annoyed with the few who don’t as they don’t want to be “tarred with the same brush.” There is no excuse for not picking up.

If you have any information on those responsible for allowing dogs to foul without picking up you can contact us on (phone number) or (email address).

Blindness in children from dog fouling caused by Toxocara canis

Whilst the problem should not be exaggerated, it is necessary for dog owners and the public to know what they need to do to minimise the risk.

Toxocara canis is a parasite that lives inside dogs’ bodies. It is a round, white worm (looks like spaghetti) and it infects, most frequently, pregnant nursing bitches and young puppies.

Once ingested they can travel around the body, usually causing little problem. Very rarely though, they can settle in the soft tissue of the retina of the eye, where damage or even blindness can be caused, approximately 50 cases a year are recorded.

Preventative measures include:

  • Worm your dog properly both as a puppy and as an adult.
  • Clean up after your dog has fouled.
  • Prevent dogs from licking your hands and face.
  • Ensure hands are washed after playing on grassed areas where dogs are allowed and where dogs or puppies have been handled.

If you have any information on owners not cleaning up after their dogs please contact the dog warden.

Tel: (01482) 393939

Using litter bins for dog waste

Some residents have asked us if they can put dog faeces in litter bins.

We can confirm that all East Riding of Yorkshire Council litter bins may be used for disposing of bagged up dog waste collected whilst walking your dog. If anyone leaves bags of dog waste on trees, bushes, the base of a lamp post etc. they are committing a littering offence that may also be punished by way of a £75 fixed penalty being issued.

If you would like to report an offender, please ring the dog warden.

Tel: (01482) 393939

or contact the streetscene team to report a littering offence or to report a full litter bin.

Tel: (01482) 393939

Reports can also be made through the council’s website at

Risk to livestock from dog faeces

Local Farmers have asked the Parish Council if anything can be done to reduce the amount of dog faeces deposited on their land.

This is because there is growing evidence of the links between two specific diseases in livestock and the presence on grazing land of faeces from dogs.

They are

  • 'neosporosis' which can cause abortions in cattle, and

  • 'sarcocystosis' which can cause neurological disease and death in sheep.

We are therefore asking members of the public to be extra vigilant when exercising their dogs on grazing pastures and always clean up after their dogs.

Both diseases can also be picked up by dogs from infected animal matter. To minimise the risk of picking up the parasites, dogs, including farm dogs, should not be allowed to eat material from dead animals, or leftover birth materials such as placentas.

Often the parasites cause no symptoms in dogs, but sometimes the disease of neosporosis can seriously affect your dog’s health and possibly result in its death.

For public and animal health reasons and for the benefit of other people enjoying the outdoors, dog walkers should always clean up after their dogs. Anyone can also contact the East Riding of Yorkshire Council dog wardens to pass on information about irresponsible dog owners.

Tel: (01482) 393939

Requesting the content in your parish council newsletter

If you are a resident and think your parish council should include this information in their next letter, you can contact them by finding their contact details in the parish council finder.

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