A NATIONWIDE drive to tackle a rise in dog fouling has been joined by Bromsgrove District Council.
The campaign, in partnership with ‘Keep Britain Tidy’ comes in the wake of growing reports of dog owners failing to pick up their pooch’s poo and leaving it in streets and parks.
Now the council is encouraging all dog owners to ‘do it for your dog’ and clean up after their four-legged friends.
One in four households in the UK owns a dog and, in a survey carried out for Keep Britain Tidy, 83 per cent of dog owners wondered what their dog would say if he or she could talk.
‘Do it for your dog’ imagines what the pets would think about their owners – whether they were the responsible ones who did clear up after their pets or they were one of the ten per cent of dog owners who, in the last 12 months, admitted they had walked just away without picking it up.
In the new campaign, Sarah the Spaniel and Ben the Boxer will be ‘speaking’ directly to owners – through the wonders of technology – on social media, as well as being featured on posters in hotspot areas around the district.
Bromsgrove’s portfolio holder for environmental services, Coun Margaret Sherrey, said: “It’s hard to catch people in the act when it comes to dog fouling as our team can’t be everywhere at once.
“But it is a fineable offence and I hope this awareness campaign makes irresponsible dog owners think twice about not picking up after their pets.
“We are all in this together and have a responsibility for the area we live in, as well as to the animals we keep as pets.”
Any dog fouling hotspots can be reported on 01527 881188 or online at http://www.bromsgrove.gov.uk/litter