Stirling Observer

Inconsider­ate dog owners risk poo-tential fine


Pet owners across the Stirling area are being urged to make sure dog poo is their business – or risk being slapped with an £80 fine.

Inconsider­ate pet owners who fail to bag it and bin it will be targeted over the coming weeks by enforcemen­t officers from the council’s Community Safety Team.

Patrols of uniformed and nonuniform­ed Stirling Council officers will challenge and educate irresponsi­ble members of the public when they are out and about with their pets. Repeat offenders will be fined as a last resort.

There has been a threefold increase in complaints on dog fouling across Stirling in the last 12 months to almost 300.

There are over 1000 litter and dog mess dual bins or specific dog mess litter bins that can be used by the public. However, fouling is still an issue in public parks, foot paths and even school playing fields.

Drew Leslie, Head of Infrastruc­ture, said: “The people of Stirling are telling us unequivoca­lly that they have had enough of thoughtles­s dog owners creating this health hazard.

“The majority are respectful and responsibl­e, but the increase in the number of complaints is such that we must focus our officer resources and, ultimately, issue fixed penalty notices.

“Officers from our Community Safety Team are keen to engage with pet owners and educate them where possible, but repeat offenders could face enforcemen­t action to address this widespread problem.

“We’re encouragin­g our children to walk and cycle to school and we cannot expose them to the level of dog fouling we’re now seeing on our paths, pavements and public spaces.

“Hopefully, the outcome of our action will be a cleaner, safer environmen­t and a reduction in the number of complaints about dog owners who don’t bag it and bin it. They must understand the consequenc­es of their thoughtles­sness and change their behaviour for the benefit of all.”

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Bag and bin it Pet owners are urged to clean up after their pets or face a fine

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