Bromsgrove dog owners urged to pick up after their pets

By Tristan Harris Monday 12 November 2012 Updated: 12/11 15:30

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DOG OWNERS across Bromsgrove are being urged to clean up after their pets as part of an annual campaign being run by the district council.

Mucky pup? Clean it up! sees council officers spray dog mess sprayed fluorescent orange before picking it up, shortly afterwards. That 'highlights' the problem neighbourhoods face and, when the same campaign was run last year, led to four-legged friend fouling drop by 30 per cent.

Dog mess can cause toxocariasis and lead to blindness in children.

The warning will also be re-emphasised through display banners on the side of refuse vehicles and signs.

And those who fail to pick up after their dogs will face £50 fines, which can rise to £75 if not paid immediately.

Bromsgrove District Councillor Michael Webb, responsible for environmental services, said: “We don’t want dog mess on our streets and in our parks.

"Council staff clean up loads of it but it’s just not possible to be everywhere all of the time - so what we really want is to get people thinking and try to change some people’s attitudes to dog mess.

"Picking up after your dog should be as normal as wearing a seatbelt."

He added there were more than 500 bins across Bromsgrove district for dog waste.

Anyone wanting to report dog fouling can call the Customer Service Centre on 01527 881288 or visit www.bromsgrove.gov.uk.

Those wanting a Mucky Pup? Clean it up! visit in their neigbourhood can also contact the council.

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