Dog mess offenders – we’re watching you

Published: Friday, October 8, 2021

The council is clamping down on dog mess offenders following an increase in reports of dog owners failing to clear up after their pets.

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In response, enforcement officers will patrol hotspot areas more regularly where residents have reported concerns, as part of the council’s wider MyWandsworth campaign to keep the borough looking clean and tidy.

Signs will be put up warning dog owners to clear up after their pooches – asking them to bag and bin their dog mess - or face a fixed penalty of at least £100, with a maximum fine of £2,500 for more serious offences.

And residents can help do their bit by setting up a dog watch area to report dog any offenders they see.

Dog watch area
Residents who want to set up a dog watch area in their neighbourhood should get in touch at 

Council officers will then install dog watch signs, in your local area, to warn offenders that they are being watched. Your neighbours will also receive a letter letting you all know who you can report dog mess offenders. 

Councillor Steffi Sutters, cabinet member for community services and open spaces said,
“Not clearing up dog mess is totally unacceptable behaviour and will not be tolerated.  

“People who do this are irresponsible and are also potentially putting children at risk of catching toxocariasis from infected dog mess. This is a rare infection caused by roundworm parasites and children can catch it from infected animal poo after innocently putting their hands in their mouths, after handling soil or shoes contaminated with animal poo, including dog mess.

“So, if you see anyone fail to clear up after their dog, get in touch and let us know asap.” 

Report dog mess offenders
You can report dog mess offenders online or by calling 020 8871 8558 (pick option 2 for fly-tipping) and let us know about any dog mess that needs clearing up or details of dog mess offenders.

Tell us:

  • The circumstances, e.g. if you saw the dog mess offender, the date and time it took place and a description of the dog owner and the dog.
  • Take a picture of the incident, making sure you don’t put yourself or others at risk to do this.
  • Location: side of the road, park etc…and whether it was on private or council land.