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Dog fouling

We have installed bins for dog waste around the city. You can also use any litter bin as long as the poo is in a bag.

Failing to clear up dog mess is a criminal offence with a maximum penalty on conviction of £1,000. This includes fouling on open land, roads, footpaths or grass verges.

It's no defence to say you had nothing to clean up with – always carry a poop scoop and a bag.

You can pick up some free dog poo bags from our customer service centre at Mandela House. Some of our community centres also provide them. We no longer provide these bags from the Guildhall.

Report dog fouling

Use our online form to ask us to clear up dog mess.

Report dog fouling

We need you to tell us:

  • the name and address of the offender (if you know them)
  • a brief description of the dog, the owner or a car registration number
  • whether you know them to walk at a regular time each day

You must be sure that you have actually seen them allow their dog to foul and fail to clear it up. Don’t assume that because a person walks the same way each day it’s their dog causing the mess.

Dog fouling outside Cambridge

If you want to request dog poo be cleaned up or to report somebody failing to clean up after their dog but you do not live in Cambridge, please contact South Cambridgeshire District Council.

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