Clean up dog mess, warn council

INCONSIDERATE dog walkers not picking up their animals mess are to be slapped with a £40 fine in as continued drive to stop this anti-social behaviour.

The war on dog poo follows two recent incidents in East Dunbartonshire in which two dog walkers were reported to the procurator fiscal by police.

And the council is warning that anyone caught, will be fined.

In June the council launched it’s ‘Where do you stand on dog poo?’ campaign to tackle dog fouling throughout the area. Coinciding with National Poop Scoop Week 2012, the campaign was aimed at irresponsible dog owners and during the campaign large billboards, bus stops and phone boxes displayed the advertising posters urging dog owners to clean up after their pets.

Depute leader of the council and convener of housing and community services, Ashay Ghai, said: “Whilst this campaign ran through the summer months, the message is the same throughout the year - dog fouling is unacceptable within our community.

“There are many popular paths and walkways in East Dunbartonshire that are littered with dog mess left by irresponsible dog owners. Some of the areas highlighted include Allander Road and Deveron Road in Bearsden.”

Failing to pick up immediately after a dog is an offence under the Dog Fouling (Scotland) Act 2003. Those caught will be issued with a £40 Fixed Penalty Notice (increasing to £60 if not paid within 28 days) by the Council’s Environmental Wardens.

Councillor Ghai added: “It is encouraging to see that those responsible for dog mess are prosecuted when caught and I hope that this is a warning to those who disregard their neighbours and community by failing to pick up after their pets. There are numerous dog bins situated in our streets and regular litter bins can be used to dispose of bagged dog waste. I would remind all dog users to bag your waste and improve our streets and parks for the benefit of everyone within our community.”