Council urged to tackle dog fouling
The council’s community safety officers will be hitting the streets to tackle dog fouling.
A recent region-wide community safety survey revealed that it was one of the most irksome examples of antisocial behaviour, ranking alongside littering and rowdy and nuisance behaviour as the biggest problems people identified in their neighbourhood.
Community safety teams are set to step up their approach to tackling dog fouling following a Nithsdale area committee meeting last Wednesday.
Councillor Ronnie Nicholson said: “Every single councillor has been contacted at least once about dog fouling.”
One example was given by Upper Nithsdale councillor Jim Dempster which showed the scale of the problem.
He said: “People in Kelloholm have been complaining that the place is littered with dog mess, especially at the cemetery.
“Can the community safety team please add that place to the watch list?
“It’s unacceptable that people use burial grounds to leave dog faeces there.”
The number of people who responded to the surveys went up from 1,117 in 2015/16 to 2,577 this year.
North West Dumfries Councillor Graham Bell said: “I welcome the survey and the number of people who answered it.
“Dog fouling has always been a high priority and we have to do as much as we can to tackle it”.
Shonagh Henderson, principal officer for community safety, added: “We are looking at ways to tackle this with more uniformed and plain clothes patrols in areas where we know the problem is quite bad.
“In the survey, 44 per cent of people who responded want the community safety team to focus on dog-fouling as the top priority.”
Dog owners who fail to clean up after their pets in streets or parks can be hit with fixed penalty notices for £80.
Flashback Community Safety Team members held a day of action to tackle the problem in the Abbey ward earlier this year