Volunteers to mount anti-dog poo patrols

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DOG owner volunteers wearing hi-visibility vests bearing the message “Where do you stand on dog poo?” are to act as ‘ambassadors’ for the latest council bid to stamp out dog mess.

The move follows a dramatic surge in the number of complaints about dog fouling, which have rocketed by 148 to 368 across East Dunbartonshire over the past year.

This rise comes despite an increase in targeted patrols by environmental wardens, as well as investment in signs warning about fixed penalty fines and the provision of extra dog waste bins.

Meanwhile, eleven fixed penalty fines were issued, compared to just one during the previous year.

Now East Dunbartonshire Council has teamed up with local dog training clubs to enlist the support of volunteer dog fouling ambassadors who will be expected to encourage other owners to clear up after their pets.

The authority says the dog-walking volunteers, who will be “non-confrontational”, will offer advice on dog fouling issues and pet owners’ rights and will also carry extra dog mess bags.

Deputy cleader Ashay Ghai, who said the authority had worked “tirelessly” to tackle the problem, said: “Dog fouling continues to be a serious issue in some parts of East Dunbartonshire, despite our recent campaigns urging dog owners to act responsibly.

“Now, with dog fouling ambassadors promoting our message whilst out walking their dogs, we hope even more dog owners are encouraged to dispose of their dog waste responsibly.”