New campaign aimed at dog owners

Responsible dog owners are urging others to follow their lead.
Responsible dog owners are urging others to follow their lead.

A new campaign has been launched county-wide to encourage dog owners to clean up after their pets

Angus Council is cleaning up more than 2,000 dog deposits every month and its new ‘bag it and bin it’ campaign aims to literally consign disgusting doggie doings to the bin.

Clean-up Angus champions have joined forces with council waste collectors and community wardens to promote the message in a short campaign film.

Forfar girl Sophie Ann Robson won a Keep Scotland Beautiful Hero of the Month award for her anti-dog fouling campaigning around Whitehills Primary School.

Sophie Ann, who appears in the film with her dog Jesse, said: “I love my dog, Jesse and I don’t expect the council or someone else to clean up after us – why should they?”

In the film she urges dog owners to look after their dog and their community, by following three simple steps: pay special attention to cleaning up in parks; don’t throw bags of poo into bushes; bag it and bin it!

Councillor Jeanette Gaul, the chairwoman of the council’s Pride in Place group said the council is pleased to join forces with other clean-up campaigners.

She said: “Dog fouling isn’t just a disgusting, messy business it’s a costly one too. The council’s dedicated ‘poover’ operator is deployed across Angus with our ‘poover’ machine, and every week poovers up over 2,000 dog faeces.

“All of that effort is making a difference – last year there was a 67 per cent improvement at almost 300 locations across Angus. But we need less mess not more costly clean-up. That’s why we’re urging dog owners to have some pride in their community and clean-up after their dogs. Please pick up after your pooch and bag it and bin it!”

Dog waste can be disposed of in any of over 1,600 litter and dog waste bins across Angus. Anyone who spots a dog walker failing to clean up after their dog can call the council and report it on 08452 777 778 so it can contact the owner. The Clean-up Angus ‘Bag It and Bin It’ film is now showing on the council’s You Tube channel

Junior rangers at Forfar Loch also recently launched their own campaign to shame dog owners into keeping the area clean.