Responsible dog ownership

The vast majority of dog owners in Hambleton are responsible - they clean up after their dogs and keep them under control. However there are a minority of irresponsible dog owners that create significant problems.

Dog Fouling

As well as being unpleasant and unsightly, dog mess can carry a parasite called Toxocara, which can cause an infection called “Toxocara Canis”. At its worse this infection can cause blindness.

You can dispose of dog fouling in dog bins and litter bins across the district. Bagged dog mess can be placed in a normal street litter bin which some owners may not realise. And failing that, the bagged mess can be taken home and placed in the dog walker’s own black household waste bin. It is not acceptable to leave bagged dog waste by the roadside for others to pick up.

Risking a fine

Anyone that chooses not to clean up after their dog can be given a fixed penalty notice or taken to court and fined up to £1000 and risk a criminal record.

There are no excuses. Not clearing up after your dog is anti-social and illegal.

Be a responsible dog owner – bag it and bin it.

Stray Dogs

The district council is legally required to deal with any stray dogs found within the area.

It is an offence for a dog to be in a public place without a collar and tag with the owners name and address on it – all dogs over eight weeks old must be microchipped and the details stored on the microchip database. You must keep the details of this registration up to date, for example if you change address.

If you find a stray dog in the district, contact the owner to see if you can reunite the dog and owner. If this is not possible contact the council for further information on what to do.

Any dog reported to the council as lost will have details placed on the council’s Lost Dog Register and any stray picked up will be cross referenced against the register to try to reunite dog and owner as soon as possible.

Be a responsible dog owner – make sure your dog can be identified by being microchipped and fitted with an identity tag.

Dangerous Dogs

It is a criminal offence for the person in charge of a dog to allow it to be dangerously out of control in a public place. Dangerous dogs and dogs worrying livestock are dealt with by the police.

Responsible dog ownership


  • Be aware of dog exclusion areas such as child play areas and remembrance gardens
  • Ensure that your dog (s) wears a collar with a name tag showing your name and address and is microchipped.
  • Every time your dog fouls, bag it and bin it.

Do not:

  • allow your dog to damage public property and planted areas in parks.
  • allow your dog out on its own.

Further information on responsible dog ownership can be found from Dogs Trust. Visit

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