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Animal fouling and dead animals

Report animal fouling or a dead animal.

Each day dogs produce large amounts of excrement. Much of this is left on footpaths and playing fields which at best can cover shoes and clothes and at worst can cause blindness due to an infection called 'Toxocara canis'.

Report animal fouling or a dead animal starting from a map or on your mobile using Cleaner Lewisham. This will leave the website and take you to the Cleaner Lewisham website.

We now designate some areas of land where it is an offence for a dog owner not to clean up after their dog in these areas. Failure to comply can result in a prosecution and fine up to £1,000. It is no defence to claim ignorance of the dog's actions.

Dead animals

You can report a dead animal in a public area or street and we will remove it.

We can remove dead animals from the gardens of residential properties where:

  • there is a back or side gate
  • you have bagged up the animal and placed it outside the front of your property.

We aim to remove any reported dead animals within 24 hours (excluding weekends and bank holidays).

Please note, we are unable to remove dead animals from railway tracks. This must be reported to Network Rail.

Keep dog excrement off our streets and parks

  • If you have a garden encourage the dog to go there. You can then bury the mess or alternatively clean it up and bin it.
  • If you walk your dog, always carry the means to clear up after your dog. A simple plastic bag will do the trick or get a poop scoop from your local pet shop; remember to take a bag or poop scoop like you'd remember a lead.
  • Every time your dog fouls, bag it and bin it. Take the poop scoop home and dispose of it there. Rain does not wash the problem away.
  • Never let your dog out alone.
  • It is every dog owner's duty to clean up after their dog. There are no excuses – fouling is unacceptable.

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