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Friday, 18 April 2014

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Orange paint highlights dog fouling in Dalton

A CAMPAIGN to embarrass irresponsible dog owners into clearing up their pets’ mess is under way.

Councillors in Dalton have re-launched their scheme to highlight the town’s dog fouling problem.

Dog muck in Little Fields Lane has been spray-painted orange in a bid to raise awareness of the problem.

As part of the Evening Mail’s month-long ‘Scoop the Poop’ campaign, we joined Dalton councillors Barry Doughty and Ann Thurlow on the popular pathway, which is regularly riddled with dog muck.

The few dog owners we came across showed support for the scheme and Cllr Doughty hopes others will get the message.

He said: “The spray-painting has just been done on Little Fields.

“We just want to keep up the pressure on irresponsible dog owners. I think it is the same few people letting their dog foul there.

“The frustrating thing is what can you do as a member of the public, or even a councillor, apart from trying your best to clear up the mess, provide dog bags and educate people.

“But at the end of the day it’s policing that needs to be done. People need to be reported and named and shamed.”

Cllr Doughty suggested a small field containing farm animals along the pathway could be seen as an attraction for mothers with young children.

But he said a lot were put off going along the lane for fear of stepping in dog mess or getting it on their pram’s wheels.

He said: “All we’re trying to do is get people talking about the issue and embarrass people in to acting more responsibly.

“Nearly all the dog owners we speak to agree with what we’re doing.

“If someone has a better solution then please let us know.”

The councillors have pledged to continue their spray painting campaign, highlighting the issue until they see an improvement.

Have your say

Free speech in this country evening mail, so where's my comment mods?? I was merely stating that paint will look and have a longer-lasting eye-sore value than the dog muck. Pick up all litter!!

Posted by Philm on 29 April 2012 at 12:59

Spray-painting the ground is graffiti. Mr. Doughty Should be prosecuted for vandalism and/or criminal damage, especially as he has been photographed doing it.

Posted by Mark Blanshard on 27 April 2012 at 13:27

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