Fulwood residents have declared war on dog poo with a new council-backed campaign.
Preston City Council will be working with the Caning Volunteers campaign to tackle dog fouling in parks and on streets in the area.
Dubbed ‘Pooch Patrol’ dog owners have been talking to other owners in the area and getting the message out about clearing up after your dog.
Garrison Ward Councillor Jennifer Greenhalgh, commented: “This is an important issue which has been raised regularly at PACT meetings all over Preston, and I am delighted that members of the community are working with the council and we hope this hands-on approach will improve matters.
“We have had discussions with residents from The Drive, Fulwood about how we can tackle the issue of dog fouling in that area. Dog fouling is a problem and although many dog owners act responsibly, there are always those few irresponsible owners who spoil the environment for everyone.
“Catching irresponsible dog owners can be difficult but dog walkers know who the offenders are as they often walk their dogs around the same time and in the same places, so they are absolutely the best people to help us resolve the problem.”
Residents have been reporting dog fouling promptly to the council who have been prioritising dealing with it.
The scheme could potentially expand to other area.
Councillor Robert Boswell, cabinet member for environment, said: “People who don’t clean up after their dogs are guilty of anti social behaviour.
“As councillors we know that dog fouling is an important issue and this is a great example of how councillors can take action to improve the environment in their local area and promote responsible dog ownership.”
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