Dog mess signs could shame pet owners in town

Warning signs could be left in dog mess found on the streets of Scarborough in an effort to shame owners into cleaning up after their pets.
Warning signs could be left in dog mess found on the streets of Scarborough in an effort to shame owners into cleaning up after their pets.

Warning signs could be left in dog faeces found on the streets of Scarborough in an effort to shame owners into cleaning up after their pets.

The initiative would see markers saying “Stop dog fouling, report an offender” left in dog dirt found in the town.

It follows a scheme currently being trialled by Richmondshire District Council, which has seen residents and councillors join forces to place the signs.

The markers are left in position for a few days to highlight the amount of faeces in the area before being removed.

Steve Pogson, Scarborough Council’s health and community safety manager said: “We have tried a number of dog fouling awareness raising initiatives over the last few years including the ‘Mucky pup? Clean it up’ campaign, educational visits to schools, promotional pavement markings and selling biodegradable dog waste bags to name just a few.

“It has been interesting to read about Richmondshire District Council’s latest initiative to tackle the problem and while we have no plans to introduce a campaign like that in the immediate future, we wouldn’t rule it out completely as we are always keen to explore new ways of keeping our borough clean and safe.”

Last week it was revealed that three pet owners in the town had been hauled before court and fined for dog fouling offences following a council investigation.

It follows the launch of The Scarborough News Barking Back’ campaign, aimed at the minority of dog owners who allow their pets to foul on the town’s streets without cleaning up.

Mr Pogson added: “Dog fouling is an extremely unpleasant type of anti-social behaviour and where we can obtain evidence that shows someone actually letting their dog foul we will prosecute, as shown by the three successful prosecutions reported recently.”

Anyone who witnesses owners allowing their dog to foul in a public place should email dog.warden@scarborough.gov.uk or call 01723 232323.