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Paws for thought

Paws for thought

Sutton Coldfield dog owners are being asked to stop and think about the impact of dog fouling on the local environment.

A new short term educational campaign by Environmental Wardens started 17th August to engage dog walkers in conversation and encourage them to carry pooper scooper materials to clean up after their dogs.

Organised by Birmingham City Council, the campaign also offers practical help to dog walkers by providing free doggie bags.

The wardens are operating in prominent dog walking areas where dog fouling problems have been identified. Target areas also include Sutton Park, New Hall Valley, Rectory Park and Whitehouse Common, with dog owners being approached and given advice under the scheme.

Councillor Anne Underwood, Chairman of the Local Strategic Partnership and Sutton Coldfield Constituency Committee launched the initiative.

She said: “The scheme aims to prevent the potential need for future enforcement action. Dog owners who fail to pick up their dog’s droppings can be given an on the spot fine of £75 and non payment can lead to prosecution and a maximum fine of £1,000.

“We hope to avoid our residents facing such penalties by gently encouraging them to do the right thing.”

For further information contact Kris Kowalewski on 0121 303 3621

  • Category: Local Services
  • Reference number: 346-HOU-KK
  • Issue date: 19 August 2009