Volunteers join dog fouling campaign

Volunteers Ernie Nevin and Robin Daniels
Volunteers Ernie Nevin and Robin Daniels

A crackdown on dog fouling has gained extra support from local volunteers in Stone. Volunteer lock keepers for The Canal and River Trust will be handing out doggy bags to residents walking their dogs along the canal in a bid to clamp down on the environmental crime.

Stafford Borough Council has also provided the volunteers with banners and ‘A’ boards to put up to warn dog owners they will be fined for not cleaning up after their pet.

Over the summer months a number of residents often volunteer to help look after the locks along the canals and offer information to tourists. But now they have joined forces with the borough council to help prevent dog mess along the canal routes. And the Volunteers will be helped by the Stone Chandlery Shop who will be displaying posters in their store and will have free dog bags available.

The council launched a crackdown on irresponsible dog owners earlier this year which has led to two people being fined for dog fouling offences. An appeal for information has also proved successful – with residents alerting the council to hotspots and giving details of offenders.

The authority recently teamed up with a pet charity to visit schools and talk to children about the dangers of dog faeces.

Councillor Frank Finlay, cabinet member for environment and health, said he was really pleased with the on-going support from the community.

“If you let your dog foul on any public land, and not clean up after it, then you will be caught and fined. Not only is dog fouling unpleasant but it can result in serious illness.”

You can now email dogs@staffordbc.gov.uk to give information in confidence about people who do not clean up after their dogs or call 01785 619000. Further details can be found at www.staffordbc.gov.uk/dogs.