We need dog ambassadors to take the lead on fouling in East Dunbartonshire

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DOG fouling ambassadors are being recruited to help keep the streets and parks clean in East Dunbartonshire.

The council has now joined forces with local dog training clubs to enlist the support of volunteers.

Dog fouling ambassadors are members of the community who will support the council in encouraging dog owners to clear up after their pets.

Whilst out walking their own dogs, the volunteers will wear hi-vis vests with the slogan ‘Where do you stand on dog poo?’ printed on the back.

Ambassadors are non-confrontational, but on hand to offer advice on dog fouling issues and dog owner’s rights.

They will also be carrying extra dog poo bags.

Depute leader of the council Ashay Ghai 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. Recent records show an increase in dog fouling complaints and the number of fixed penalty notices issued over the past year.”

During the year 2012/13 there was 368 dog fouling complaints across East Dunbartonshire, an increase of 148 complaints from the previous year. Eleven fixed penalty notices were issued in 2012/13, up 10 from the year before.

Cllr Ghai continued: “The council has been working tirelessly to encourage dog owners to pick up after their pets by increasing targeted Environmental Warden patrols, installing more bins suitable for dog waste and erecting signs highlighting the fixed penalty notice.

“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.”

If you would like to report dog fouling in your area please call 0300 123 4510 or email antisocialbehaviour@eastdunbarton.gov.uk

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