Please clean it up!
There is nothing more frustrating than seeing a dog owner walking off and not cleaning up their dogs mess. This usually happens in the more rural areas when they think no-one is looking which makes those great walks in the fresh air slightly less appealing. Just read a good story about a local council that is trying to highlight the problem and we all at Easy Animal say this is a great idea!
Forest of Dean District Council has made a positive move to the future by launching a campaign across the entire county to crack down on dog fouling. Whilst already having wardens in place patrolling the area as much as possible and offering dog bins to any residents who request them, they have now decided to spray paint any dog faeces left by owners bright orange in a bid to shock dog owners of how many people do not pick up after their dogs and hopefully to change their bad habits.
In the nearby town of Tewkesbury whilst they do not having wardens actively operating in the area they are encouraging all residents and visitors to report any pet owners not cleaning up after their pet to the authorities. The council are prosecuting anyone reported backed up with a witness statement which can see dogs owners landed with a fine of up to £1,000.
Similarly in the north of the country, towns such as Richmond in North Yorkshire are having their owner campaign to shock dog owners into picking up their dogs mess. Instead of spraying the faeces orange, they will be placing a sign in the mess saying ‘stop dog fouling, report an offender’. These will stay in places for a few days before being removed.
Dog fouling is something that irritates both dog owners and non dog owners and together with the help and work from the council, it should be easy to clamp down on offenders and move forward to a cleaner future.
As a nation we would live in a far nicer place if dog owners acted responsibly so lets hope the minority stop letting us all down. If you have any great ideas on how to get this message across please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will post it here on our blog