Dog fouling problems continue in York but……

…..York council only issues 3 penalty notices during last 3 years.dog_warden

Residents responding to our door to door survey told us that they were concerned about the amount of dog fouling in their area.

Overall 35% of respondents said it was an issue in their street.

Now a Freedom of information request has revealed that very little is being done by the Council to enforce dog fouling laws. The number of dog fouling fixed penalty notices issued have been:

2009 – 2010 2 issued

2010 – 2011 0 issued

2011 – 2012 0 issued

2012 – 2013 1 issued

2013 – 2014 2 issued


This seems very low to us.

There is a case for bringing back the dedicated dog warden service.


Dog fouling – York Council policy questioned

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It looks like the decision made by the Council to scrap the dog warden (animal welfare) service has backfired.

Complaints about dog fouling have been increasing but it seems that many do go unreported.

The number of fines issued has steadily decreased.

Now there is likely to be a move to reintroduce the dog warden service when the York Council debates its budget plans for the forthcoming year on 27th February.