Councillor gets fouling complaints

A dog owner responsibly cleans up after her dog - but there are many who are flouting the law.
A dog owner responsibly cleans up after her dog - but there are many who are flouting the law.

Broughty Ferry councillor Kevin Cordell is demanding that dog owners act responsibly and clear up after their pets.

He told the Guide & Gazette: “The issue of dog fouling is one that is consistently raised by constituents and at community meetings. Just this week a constituent raised the issue with me that dog owners do not appear to be observing the dog exclusion zone on Broughty Ferry Beach.”

The Dog Fouling (Scotland) Act 2003 came into force on October 22, 2003. It created an offence for any person responsible for a dog, not to remove immediately and dispose of appropriately, any excrement after the dog has fouled.

Dog owners must clean up after their dog has fouled any public open space.

Dundee City Council currently issues around four million dog bags a year which are available from council offices as well as many other outlets throughout the city.

Councillor Cordell continued: “In my ward, dog bags are available at Broughty library and the veterinary surgeries. There are numerous dog bins and signage throughout the parks and along the beach.

“However, a small minority of irresponsible dog owners still flaunt the rules. There should be no excuse for leaving dog mess on our streets, parks and beaches.”

Under current legislation, anyone found failing to clean up after their dog will receive a fixed penalty of £40, rising to £60 if not paid within 28 days. Police Officers can also issue these penalties.

Councillor Cordell concluded: “The facilities to dispose of waste are there, the penalties are in place to punish those who continue to foul our streets and green areas yet a small minority continue to act as though the rules do not apply to them.

“Broughty Beach and the local parks are award winning assets and I am sure everyone wants them to stay that way.”