COUNCIL officers have launched a campaign looking to stamp out dog fouling around Chelmsford.

Dog Watch has been set up by Chelmsford Council in a bid to encourage people to report incidents of dog mess being left on the street.

Failing to clear up canine feces in the city can result in a £50 on the spot fine which can be increased by up to £1,000 if taken to court.

Ian Grundy, councillor responsible for safer communities, said the issue of dog fouling in the city was a “major” one.

The Conservative said: “Having our streets and parks covered in dog mess is unpleasant and unnecessary.

“Being a responsible dog owner means picking up after your pet and it appears that some dog owners find it acceptable to leave their dog mess behind, particularly as the colder, darker weather is now upon us.”

To report an incident of dog fouling, visit and click on the Dog Watch logo or call 01245 606606.