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A Har­lech res­i­dent and dog owner re­cently de­cided to take the lead on dog foul­ing mat­ters in his area by tar­get­ing an aware­ness cam­paign at own­ers who fail to pick-up af­ter their pets in pub­lic ar­eas of the com­mu­nity.

Joe Pat­ton de­cided that the best way to achieve his ob­jec­tives was to adopt a “hearts and minds” ap­proach and so he con­tacted teach­ers at Ys­gol Tan y Castell who then worked with the chil­dren in pro­duc­ing colour­ful posters. Joe then con­tacted Gwynedd Coun­cil’s Tidy Towns Of­fi­cer, Jonathan Neale, who sup­ported the cam­paign with free biodegrad­able dog waste bags.

Joe also then launched his “Keep Har­lech Beau­ti­ful” on- line so­cial me­dia cam­paign and en­cour­aged lo­cal res­i­dents to spread the word. Joe’s cam­paign and vis­i­tor sur­vey ran for eight weeks from July to Septem­ber dur­ing which time he spoke with 350 dif­fer­ent dog own­ers and counted the num­ber of dog fae­ces along each path sur­veyed.

Joe Pat­ton said: “I’m very pleased to re­port that my cam­paign has re­sulted in a de­crease of 74% in dog foul­ing on Har­lech’s paths, and this was achieved dur­ing the high sea­son when the lo­cal ca­nine pop­u­la­tion was four times its nor­mal level. I’d like to thank ev­ery­one for their con­tri­bu­tion and es­pe­cially to the lo­cal com­mu­nity who re­sponded bril­liantly.”

● Joe Pat­ton from Har­lech has been do­ing his bit in en­cour­ag­ing other dog own­ers in the com­m­mu­nity to clear-up af­ter their pets

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