Dog offences

Find further information on dog offences, dog fouling, a roaming dog and concerns about a dog off a lead in public spaces.

Blackburn with Darwen is covered by a public space protection order (PSPO), made under the Anti-Social behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. This helps to ensure we have a comprehensive and consistent approach when dealing with issues such as dog fouling and keeping dogs on leads.

Dog fouling

Dog owners who don’t pick up their dog’s mess are a constant cause of complaint by people who have to suffer the consequences of this unpleasant offending. You can report a dog that is consistently allowed by its owner to foul on public or private land.

The PSPO make it an offence to fail to clean up after your dog. Dog owners who don’t comply can face a fixed penalty of £100, or a fine of up to £1000 if taken to Court.

Under the law no offence is committed if:

  • the owner or person on whose land the dog fouling has taken place has given consent for the dog waste to be left on the ground
  • the person in charge of the dog is registered blind
  • a person is deaf and the dog is trained by the charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf People
  • a person has a disability and has a support dog, trained by a charity for assistance

Report a problem with a dog

Dog off lead in a public space

The PSPO also requires dogs to be kept on leads in designated cemeteries. If you are concerned about a dog not on a lead, please tell us about it.

Roaming dog

If you are aware of a known dog in your area, that is allowed to roam or wander on a regular basis at certain times of the day, you can report this to us.