ARGYLL and Bute Council is asking the public to help in the battle against dog owners who refuse to clean up after their pets by reporting them to its environmental warden team.
The local authority is determined to tackle the unpleasant problem of dog fouling following the conclusion of a recent Keep Scotland Beautiful campaign with a focus on the issue.
The Clean Up Scotland campaign ran from 30th September until 13th October. During this fortnight, dog walkers were urged to ‘grab it, bag it and bin it’, while local communities were encouraged to organise dog fouling surveys of their local parks or sports pitches.
Recent research carried out by Keep Scotland Beautiful reveals that almost seven in ten people rate dog fouling as the item on streets, parks and beaches that bothers them most. The UK’s seven million dogs produce around 1,000 tonnes of excrement each day, so it’s easy to see why there is a problem. Sixty four per cent of campaign supporters said they had encountered dog fouling while carrying out clean-up events this year.
Argyll and Bute Council Leader, Councillor Dick Walsh, said: “Dog fouling is a nuisance to everyone and doesn’t portray a good image of our local area. It is also illegal not to immediately remove fouling from any public place. Failure to do so is an offence under the terms of The Dog Fouling (Scotland) Act 2003 and can lead to conviction and a fine of up to £500.”
To report someone who has left their dog’s fouling behind, take a note of the type of dog, the location, and the rough time that the dog is usually walked and call Argyll and Bute Council on 01546 605514. Your call will be forwarded to a local officer.
You can find more information about the Clean Up Scotland campaign at www.cleanupscotland.com