Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Scoop Dog let off the leash to cry foul on pet messes

Scoop Dog will be out and about in our parks and public place
Scoop Dog will be out and about in our parks and public place

Meet Scoop Dog. He's Belfast City Council's latest weapon in its fight against dog dirt.

The council is calling on dog owners to sign up to a new pledge to 'paws and pick up' after their pets, saying dog fouling continues to be a problem, particularly in parks and on footpaths.

Yesterday Councillor Colin Keenan, deputy chairman of the council's Health and Environmental Services Committee, said: "Dog fouling remains one of the most complained about issues within council. We need dog owners to act responsibly and clean up after their pet because not only is dog litter unsightly and unpleasant if you walk in it, it can be very dangerous to young children."

Belfast City Council spends approximately £12.8m each year cleaning the city's streets. Last year it issued 189 fines for dog fouling and 604 fines for straying dogs, which also contribute greatly to the problem of dog fouling on our streets.

Scoop Dog will be at a number of events in Belfast throughout the summer, giving people the opportunity to sign up to the 'Paws and Pick Up' pledge.

You can sign up to the pledge via email dogwardens@belfastcity.gov.uk

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