A CREWE affordable homes provider has joined forces with Cheshire East Council to encourage dog owners to clean up after their pets – and encourage locals to report those who do not.
Wulvern – who manage the dog fouling hotspot areas of Brookhouse and Claughton Avenue – will be stepping up patrols alongside wardens from the council to dish out £50 fines to irresponsible dog owners in a bid to reduce the amount of dog waste left in parks and streets throughout the neighbourhood.
Wulvern’s neighbourhood Co-ordinator Mark Hughes and community warden Julia Heywood have been busy highlighting the issue on the Brookhouse estate, where dog fouling is a particular problem outside communal properties.
They’ve been using a coloured stencil to shame owners into facing up to their irresponsible behaviour.
Mark said: "Dog fouling is the most offensive type of litter on our streets and is constantly rated as one of the most important issues blighting their local area by the public.
“Having our streets and parks caked in dog mess is disgusting. It looks unsightly, is unpleasant for those who stand in it and is dangerous to our health.
“Not cleaning up after your dog is a form of anti-social behaviour which can result in a fine.
“While the majority of dog owners will be responsible and clean up after their dog, there are unfortunately persistent offenders who do not think about the other people in the community and we would encourage residents to help us by reporting them.”
The campaign aims to not only enforce the law, but to also change behaviour and encourage dog owners to bag and bin their dog’s waste.
Members of the public can report dog fouling anonymously either by telling the wardens who the dog owner is and where they live or by giving enough information that would identify them, such as where and when they usually walk their dog, the type of dog and a description of the owner.