Monday, 16 April 2012
There’s no such thing as a dog poo fairy New campaign to rid our streets of dogs’ mess
A new campaign aimed to clean up the streets of Thanet from dogs’ mess has been launched today by Thanet District Council.
The campaign, ‘There’s no such thing as a dog poo fairy’, reminds dog owners that they are responsible for their dogs’ mess and not to leave it for others to clean up.
It also aims to make sure dog owners know that they can put their dog poo bags in any rubbish bin, if a dog poo bin isn’t available.
As part of the campaign, the council’s Community Enforcement team and dog wardens will be taking a zero tolerance approach and offenders face a fixed penalty fine of £80 or a maximum penalty of £1,000.
Cllr. Alan Poole, Portfolio Holder for Environmental Services, said: ‘This campaign is all about keeping our streets, parks and open spaces of dogs’ mess as it makes our streets and open spaces unsightly.
“We know that most dog owners do clean up after their dogs but this campaign aims to target those few dog owners who don’t clean up after their dog and blight the area for everyone else.
“This campaign aims to highlight that no-one else will pick it up as it’s your responsibility and leaving it for others is just not acceptable. We need residents to help us keep Thanet clean and the campaign aims to encourage residents to report any dog owners that are not clearing up after their dog.
“We receive numerous complaints every year about dogs’ mess in public areas and we will take action against those dog owners that don’t clear up after their dog. We all need to look after the areas that we live in, and as it’s one of our residents’ top priorities, this campaign aims to stop irresponsible dog owners and make them change their ways!
There are more than 290 dog poo bins located across Thanet in parks, open grass and foreshore areas and the council collects more than one tonne of dogs’ mess daily.
The council also has a small machine, Fido that is used to hoover up dogs’ mess from all surfaces including grass. The equipment also sprays disinfectant onto the immediate area at the time of removal. Annually, the machine is expected to pick up and remove more than 20 tonnes of dogs’ poo.
Posters, leaflets and flyers with the campaign message, ‘There’s no such thing as a dog poo fairy’ will be advertised across Thanet and residents can download the poster at www.thanet.gov.uk/dogpoofairy
Visit www.thanet.gov.uk/dogpoofairy for more information about the campaign.