Dog fouling campaign
Dog mess is a nuisance that upsets many people when it gets on their shoes and it's a public health hazard, particularly to children who play at parks and play areas.
We find this unacceptable and are sure you do too. It also unfairly gives responsible dog owners a bad name and costs council taxpayers' money to clean up.
We know the vast majority of dog owners clean up after their dogs, but sadly a small number do not.
You can report dog fouling by:
- reporting dog fouling online
- calling us on 0121 368 1177.
We have put up bold posters around the borough, including at parks, open spaces and dog mess 'hot spots' to raise awareness and help tackle the problem.
People want us to do more. That's why we're taking such a strong and bold approach with this campaign. We want to get people talking about it.
We need to get the message through to the small minority of irresponsible dog owners that the council and local residents are not prepared to put up with this any longer.
People who do not clean up after their dogs in Sandwell face getting a £75 fine.
If people choose not to pay the fine, they face a bigger fine if convicted at court.
Our wardens have stepped up patrols and are targeting 'hot spot' areas across the borough. They have issued nearly 200 fines since our hard-hitting campaign launched in February 2014.
We've also had nine successful court prosecutions against irresponsible dog owners who didn't clean up after their pet and refused to accept or pay the fine.
Our waste partner Serco has painted temporary stencils on pavements at hundreds of locations where there have been lots of reports of dog fouling over the past year, to urge people to clean it up.
We've also given out thousands of free dog mess bags to dog owners.
How you can help?
We ask for your help in tackling this problem by reporting dog mess and telling us who is not clearing up after their dog.
This will help us to take action against irresponsible dog owners and also get the mess cleaned up.
If you see someone who doesn't clean up after their dog and wish to report them, the following information would be helpful to us:
Time and date the offence was committed
Precise location of the offence
Description of the person in charge of the dog, including clothing worn
Identity of the person, if known, and how you know them
Description of the dog concerned and dog's name, if known
What you observed at the time of the offence
Any conversation that may have taken place
All of this information is of great value to the investigating officer and increases the likelihood of a conviction.
Please contact us with information on dog mess and who is not cleaning up after their dog by:
- Reporting dog fouling online
- Calling us on 0121 368 1177 (Monday to Friday 8am-8pm, Saturday 8.30am-1.30pm)