No let up in the battle against dog fouling

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A CRACKDOWN on dog fouling has been hailed a success.

Council chiefs launched the ‘Where do you stand on dog poo?’ campaign back in June, in response to more than 220 complaints about the onging problem made by members of the public.

Pet owners who fail to clear up their dog’s mess face a maximum fine of £500 under the Dog Fouling (Scotland) Act 2003.

However, the majority of offenders generally receive a fixed penalty notice of around £40.

Councillor Ashay Ghai, convener of the council’s housing and community services, said: “East Dunbartonshire is a beautiful place to live and visit and as a council we want to encourage responsible dog ownership, particularly with regards to cleaning up after them.

“We have a high number of complaints about dog fouling and this was an important campaign to target an issue at the top of the public agenda.

“More dog walkers are acting responsibly, but our ongoing initiative is aimed at the hardcore who continue to let their dogs foul in public places, making the place unsightly and a health hazard for others.”

The recent campaign involved environmental wardens targeting ‘hotspots’ to confront and educate dog owners.

Supported by Strathclyde Police, they spoke to over 100 dog walkers and took action against four owners.

Two were issued with fixed penalty notices, while one dog walker was reported to the procurator fiscal.

Another owner was aged under 16 years old, so a letter was sent to their parents advising of the offence.

The campaign was rolled out to coincide with National Poop Scoop Week earlier this summer, when free poop scoop bags and leaflets were handed out.