Skip Navigation

Consumer and Environmental Services

Environmental Health

Dog Fouling and Stray Dogs

Information on Dogs and the Law (PDF, 320K)

Dog Fouling

Dog fouling is an offence with fines ranging from £80 for a Fixed Penalty to £500 if convicted.

One of the issues that gives rise to most complaints is dogfouling.  Comhairle officers carry out regular patrols of problem areas and can issue Fixed Penalty Notices to owners who do not dispose of their dog's waste - an offence under the Dog Fouling (Scotland) Act 2003.

Complaints are usually from around the town but also about popular island beaches and some villages. 

Dog faeces are considered a public health hazard as it can carry diseases which can be transmitted to people.

Dog bins have been placed at various problem areas throughout the islands, however waste can be placed in any public bin.

Any matters relating to dog fouling should be brought to the attention of the Comhairle’s Environmental Health Team. The service operates during office hours but patrols are also carried out at other times if there is evidence of particular problems.

Please contact us for further information.

Stray Dogs

There is no statutory definition of a stray dog. However in most cases it should be evident whether or not there is a person in charge of the dog.

Any matters relating to stray dogs should be brought to the attention of the Comhairle Environmental Health Team. The service operates during office hours.  but patrols are also carried out at other times if there is evidence of particular problems.

Anyone finding a dog outside these hours, on public holidays or at weekends, should take the dog to the nearest police station. A stray dog not reclaimed by its owner within 7 days will be available for re-homing.

Charges

Dog charges are based on a standards rate outlined in our Fees and Charges Form

Please contact us for further information.