Who is dishing the dirt? Readers demand action on dirty dogs

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DODGY dog owners are leaving parts of Kirkintilloch a ‘minefield’ of dog waste.

The Herald offices have been inundated with phone calls and letters about increasing amounts of dog mess on town centre pavements and grass.

Areas which are of particular concern include Regent Gardens, in Cowgate, and the streets around Lairdsland Primary School.

One concerned grandmother said: “I don’t know why it seems to have got so much worse, but it’s impossible to miss in Regent Gardens.

“There was even dog mess on top of a wall. The council sent somebody out to clean it up, but by the next day the problem was back.

“I worry for my grandchildren – particularly because of the mess around Lairdsland Primary.

“If one of the kids steps in it before school then it’s going to be trudged around the building all day.”

Dog mess can cause a number of diseases and infections – including toxocariasis which causes blindness.

Campsie and Kirkintilloch North councillor Charles Kennedy has written to the council’s environmental protection department demanding action.

He particularly wants measures taken to identify the guilty dog owners and fines issued.

David Devine, the council’s head of roads and neighbourhood services, said: “Dog owners who allow their pets to foul streets and parks are committing an offence and if caught are liable to a £40 fixed penalty notice.

“The council now accepts dog mess being deposited in normal litter bins as long as owners use the proper plastic dog fouling bags.

“The council provides dog fouling bags free of charge for residents, which are available at council offices and libraries throughout East Dunbartonshire.

“With regard to Regent Gardens, in addition to ensuring that the area is regularly inspected and kept clear of dog mess, a dog fouling leaflet drop is to be carried out in the area to reinforce the council’s message.”

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