Flush out the ‘dirty dogs’ who won’t clean up!

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A CRACKDOWN on dog fouling is flushing out irresponsible owners.

Glasgow City Council has issued 144 fixed penalty notices of £40 to owners across the city since the launch of the Clean Glasgow Dog Fouling campaign in August – up almost 30 per cent on the same period last year.

The campaign has focused on targeting problem areas including Springburn Park, Lenzie Terrace, Lenzie Way and Galloway Street.

Glasgow Community and Safety Service (GCSS) is using CCTV and working with housing associations to identify dodgy dog owners not cleaning up after their mutts.

A total of 74 housing associations have also signed up to Glasgow’s dog fouling charter which says tenants could lose their tenancies under anti-social behaviour legislation if they repeatedly refuse to clean up after their pets.

Glasgow North East councillor Grant Thoms said: “The days of doing nothing are past.

“Dog owners need to take responsibility for picking up their dog’s dirt and we’re trying to do our best to help by ensuring there are waste bags across North Glasgow to deposit dog dirt in.

“Dog owners can’t just walk away from this, if they are hit with a fine it will make them think twice.”

Councillor Gordon Matheson, leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “Our anti-dog fouling campaign has had very encouraging results so far. We’ve heard from witnesses that offenders who have been fined have changed their ways and are now picking up after their pets.

“Irresponsible dog owners who do not clean up after their pets create a disgusting health hazard for Glasgow’s residents and visitors – especially children who play on our grassed areas and parks.

“Anyone who wants a dog should be prepared to look after it properly and clean up after it. It is never acceptable to walk away from those responsibilities by leaving dog filth to be trodden in by other people.”

To report dog fouling contact the Clean Glasgow campaign on 0800 027 7027.

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