Being a Responsible Dog Owner

Ashtead is very fortunate in having great open spaces to walk the dog. There is the Common, the Recreation Ground and Ashtead Park to name but a few.

Mole Valley Council is concerned that there is a noticeable increase in dog fouling and irresponsible dog owners are failing to clear up after their pet.

Plastic bags can be bought very cheaply in pet shops and supermarkets and should be used to clear up after your pet. Do not hang the bag in a tree or on a hedge!! There's no such thing as "The Dog Poo Fairy"!!

Dog Fouling and The Law

On the 1st March 1999 the Mole Valley District Council Dogs (Fouling of Land) Order 1999 came into effect. This order means that it is an offence to allow your dog to foul public land. The maximum fine for failing to clear up after your dog is £1,000. Not only is it against the law and antisocial, but it can be a danger to public health. Dog waste can contain the roundworm Toxacora which can result in a serious infection lasting between six and 12 months. The infection, Toxocariasis, most commonly affects children between the ages of 18 months and five years.

Where does the Law Apply?

The law applies practically everywhere outside the boundary of your own property. The order states you must clear up after your dog on "all land within the district of the Council which is open to the air and to which the public are entitled or permitted to have access." Failure to do so may result in a fine. The Order is viewable from the Environmental Health Department.

Reasons not to pick up such as "I've forgotten my poo bags" or "Its natural fertiliser for the soil" are not valid excuses.

Be Prepared

As a dog owner it is your responsibility to clear up after your dog. You need to be prepared at all times and take poo bags or nappy sacks with you to remove your dog's waste. Picking up dog waste is not dangerous to health if done correctly. The council provides specialist dog waste bins across the district. If there is no waste bin nearby then carry your dog's waste home and dispose of it in your own black bin.

You can report instances of dog fouling under the "Report It" section of Or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. In order to investigate or prosecute the council would need the address of the person causing the fouling. If this is not possible then MVDC would need details such as; a description of dog and owner with a regular time and place where the fouling is committed.