Wardens’ dogs join ‘bag that poo’ patrol!
LOCAL dog wardens have been accompanied by some very special helpers on patrol this summer – sniffing out dog-walkers guilty of anti-social behaviour.
The wardens have taken their own pooches along with them – including Dexter the Jack Russell and Rosie the Staffordshire Terrier – as part of the Bag that Poo Campaign, targeting dog-owners who don’t clean up after their pets.
To help highlight the constant problem of dog fouling, wardens from Kettering Borough Council have been regularly patrolling previously identified hot spot areas, accompanied by their own dogs, wearing a uniform similar to their human colleagues, displaying the Kettering Borough Council logo and the slogan ‘Bag that Poo’.
The aim is to find common ground between the wardens and other dog owners, demonstrating a ‘do as we do, not just as we say’ attitude to responsible dog ownership.
The wardens are handing out free poo bags to dog walkers, but can also hand out £75 fines to those who don’t clean up dog mess.
Shirley Plenderleith, head of Environmental Health at Kettering Borough Council, said: “We want to build a good relationship with dog owners and at the same time reinforce the message that it is not acceptable for the public to allow their pets to do their business and then not bag it.”
Cllr Mark Dearing, Kettering Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environment, added: “As far as we know, this is the first time anything like this has been done in a local authority and we’re delighted with the response we’ve received so far. We hope this campaign reinforces the strong message that dog fouling is unacceptable.”
Pictured above – NO FOUL PLAY: A Kettering warden and his dog, on patrol in matching uniforms.