DOG OWNER’S PICK IT UP CAMPAIGN SUCCESS
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