LAMPPOSTS across South Derbyshire have been adorned with homemade posters as part of a bid to put an end to the scourge of dog fouling.
The posters feature a picture of a snarling dog and says ‘dogs can’t help where they poo - owners can help. Tidy it up’ and can now been seen across Swadlincote and Church Gresley.
The signs have been plastered across the area in a bid to make sure dog owners ‘scoop the poop’ and make sure routes that are regularly used by school children are kept clear of dog mess.
Eileen Banton, who is a crime reduction officer based at Swadlincote Police Station, backed the idea and said that people should clean up after their dogs.
She said: “It is an annoyance to many people and is an issue that regularly gets raised at meetings that police attend with members of the public.
“We want to reiterate that people should not let their dog mess and leave it.
“They need to pick it up and dispose of it in the correct way.
“PCSOs in the are aware of the problem and the reasons why the posters have been put in place.
“They will be keeping a close eye to see if people take head of the message.
“Dog dirt can make an area look messy and also can cause certain types of health hazards.
“There needs to be a community effort to crack down on fouling. We know the vast majority of owners are responsible and put their dog mess in a bin and we would urge others to do so.”
“The best thing to do is to pick it up, bag it and bin it.”
Those failing to clean up after their dog may be issued with a fixed penalty notice of £75 or face a fine of up to £1,000. To report an offence, note the time and location it is committed, as well as descriptions of both the animal and owner.
Details should be passed to the wardens by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 01283 595943.