Dog Foul Campaign

Issued April 17, 2013

A new initiative to highlight the antisocial, selfish and potentially dangerous conduct of some dog owners who let their pets foul the streets of Richmondshire is underway.

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Incidents of dog waste are being marked with new signs in Richmond, Melsonby and Barton.  Local residents and councillors have joined forces to place the sticks in deposits left by irresponsible dog owners who fail to pick up after their dogs.

The markers are left in place for a few days to highlight the amount of dog waste in the area before the Richmondshire District Council Street Scene Team removes the faeces and the marker.

“We will not tolerate this foul mess - it is the responsibility of the dog owner, or person in charge of the animal, to clear up deposits left by it,” said Councillor Tony Duff, spokesperson for waste and street scene.

“We hope that dog owners that fail to clean up after their pets will see the markers and think twice before walking away from it.

“Dog fouling is not only unpleasant it is a danger to public health and the people of Richmondshire should not have to put up with it because of inconsiderate dog owners.  We are very grateful to the volunteer residents who are helping us and would welcome evidence from people who witness owners not picking up after their pets.”

The areas covered in the initial scheme are Swale Gate Rugby Field, Darlington Road, Maison Dieu, Hurgill Road, Quaker Lane, and Reeth Road area of Richmond also Church Row, Melsonby and Church Lane Barton.  If a success in these areas - it will be rolled out across the whole of Richmondshire.

  • Failing to clean up after pets carries an on the spot fine of £50 – but that can lead to £1000 if a court prosecution is pursued.
  • Anyone who witnesses fouling should report it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01748 829100. 

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