Carnoustie Canine Capers instigated and facilitated a community conversation earlier this year to look at solutions for the continued problem of dog fouling.
A number of key themes emerged. It was felt that ultimately dog fouling was the responsibility of Angus Council to resolve, but first and foremost the dog owner was responsible. Dog management needed to be addressed at a national level, for example, micro-chipping, passports, a national database and licensing for breeders and walkers.
Lifelong education and training starting in schools and continuing into adulthood for dog owners was also felt necessary. It was thought Angus Council and housing associations could also address this at source in housing agreements.
Dog fouling fines could be set higher as a deterrent. Stronger policing was suggested, including the extended issue fixed penalty notices.
Public naming and shaming of offenders was felt to be justified and more visible anti-fouling signage was requested. Also participants felt a commitment was needed from groups such as the community council, Carnoustie Development Group, crime prevention panel and residents’ associations for a coordinated approach.
A number of possible solutions were suggested. More strategically placed dog bins and the promotion and labelling of dual purpose bins. The ongoing promotion of the Green Dog Walkers Initiative by Angus Council and in the community and link ups with local schools. The availability of better quality poo bags. Permission to paint the ‘Bag it and bin it! Leave only pawprints.’ message throughout the town. The installation of CCTV in particularly badly hit areas. The creation of some dog free park areas for picnics and the erection of dog stations which combine a poo bin and bag dispenser at European style dog toileting areas. More awareness of the law regarding dog control, question and answer drop-in sessions for dog owners, and the creation of a bye-law requiring all dogs to be on a lead in public places.