Crack down on dog poo foul play

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A CAMPAIGN has been launched to tackle Milngavie and Bearsden’s dog fouling epidemic.

East Dunbartonshire Council (EDC) launched its ‘Where do you stand on dog poo?’ initiative last week to coincide with National Poop Scoop week 2012.

The campaign aims to increase awareness of dog fouling problems in the area and the penalties owners face if they don’t pick up after their pets.

Bearsden councillor Ashay Ghai, convener of housing, said: “This is a hard hitting campaign which aims to encourage irresponsible dog owners to clean up after their pet and leave our pavements, parks and streets free of dog mess.

“There are plenty of dog bins situated in our streets and parks and regular public litter bins can also be used to dispose of bagged dog waste.

“I hope that by highlighting this issue, people will begin to take heed and we will see a drastic improvement on our streets.”

EDC’s environmental and community protection team received over 220 complaints about dog fouling between April 1 2011 and March 31 2012.

However, only one person was fined for dog fouling in East Dunbartonshire last year.

The council has placed artwork highlighting its campaign across the district.

Free dog poo bags are also available from most council buildings.

Owners caught failing to clean up after their pets by the council’s environmental wardens will be issued with a £40 fixed penalty notice, which will increase to £60 if not paid in 28 days.