"Ditch the Dirt" during dog fouling fortnight

Dog fouling fortnight promotion

Ditch the Dirt during dog fouling fortnight

Dogs in Scotland produce about 100 tonnes of dog dirt every day – that is the astonishing statistic from Keep Scotland Beautiful (KSB) which is running its annual Dog Fouling Fortnight from 1st to 14th September.

Irresponsible owners who do not pick up after their dogs leave behind not only an unsightly nuisance but also a dangerous health hazard which can cause blindness. This year KSB is asking volunteers to get involved by conducting a dog foul survey of their local park, pathway, beach or woodland.

During the campaign Highland Council Enforcement Officers will be carrying out patrols in a number of areas encouraging responsible dog ownership. They will also issue fixed penalty notices to dog owners who do not pick up after their dog. Offenders are liable for a £40 fine rising to £60 if not paid within 28 days. After this period a conviction and fine of up to £500 may be imposed.

Speaking on behalf of The Highland Council, Chair of Community Services, Councillor Graham MacKenzie, said: “Dog dirt is not only unpleasant but also creates a bad impression for visitors to the Highlands and tourism is an industry that is worth £4bn a year to Scotland.

“We can all do our bit to stamp out this menace. Dog owners should always grab a bag before they head out with their dog.  The message is grab it, bag it, bin it. We are also asking that members of the public who see someone allowing their dog to foul politely encourage them to pick it up.  If they are not comfortable doing this they should contact the Council with details so it can be followed up.”

Members of the public who wish to report instances of dogs being allowed to foul in public places can contact The Council by calling 01349 886603 or emailing recycle@highland.gov.uk

Clean Up Scotland are also asking for nominations for a ‘Ditch the Dirt Hero’, recognising the outstanding achievement and effort of volunteers who tackle dog fouling in their community. More details of this and getting involved in the survey can be found by visiting www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/ditchthedirt

For further information visit www.highland.gov/recycle and www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org

3 Sep 2014
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