Dog fouling - what’s to be done?

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Angus Council and Carnoustie Canine Capers have joined forces to combat the worst problems of keeping pet dogs in the community.

The council acknowledges that dog fouling is a factor affecting all local communities and authorities across Scotland.

The Scottish Households Survey 2011 reflected that 25 per cent of residents asked were affected by issues of animal nuisance such as noise or dog fouling.

In common with the rest of the country, the problem is always significantly worse during autumn and winter, when there is less daylight making it more difficult for offenders to be caught.

In Angus, dog fouling is no less of a problem for local residents. Angus Council received 532 complaints about dog fouling issues in 2011/12 and received 680 requests for clean ups.

In an annual street survey for dog fouling which is carried out in August each year, there continues to be an improvement with 1,931 faeces counted in 2010, 897 in 2011 and 829 in 2012.

Overall this is an improvement of 57.1 per cent.

In January and February, Carnoustie Canine Capers instigated and facilitated a community conversation to look at suggested solutions to the ongoing challenge of dog fouling in streets, parks, forests and seafront.

Some of the key themes which emerged were that dog fouling is the responsibility of the dog owner, the local community and ultimately Angus Council. It is environmental anti-social behaviour with impact on the legal referral scheme.

Canine Capers believes that dog management requires addressing at a national level, with microchipping, passports, a national database, licensing of all breeders, licensing of commercial dog walkers, etc.

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