Trafford Council launches campaign against dog fouling

Messenger Newspapers: Cllr Alan Mitchell Cllr Alan Mitchell

Trafford Council is launching a campaign to raise awareness of the problem of dog fouling.


The campaign will focus on educating the public on the dangers of dog mess and the impact it has on the community, while simultaneously time encouraging dog owners to ‘be responsible’.


A number of activities will take place across the borough commencing today, April 7, including stencilling messages in parks and open spaces, school visits, competitions, community events and road shows.


A ‘cohesive advertising’ campaign is also to be launched, which will include social media, website, leaflets and posters.


Executive councillor, Alan Mitchell, said: “While responding to dog fouling occurrences is a priority for the council, ultimate responsibility lies with the owners.


“I hope this campaign will lead to a change in attitudes so that together we can all claim to have played our part in helping eradicate this problem which blights our communities.”


It is currently an offence for a person in control of a dog not to clean up after it, which can result in a £50 fixed penalty notice or a £1,000 court fine.


Cllr Mitchell said: “Being unaware that a dog has fouled, or not having a suitable means of removing the excrement is not a reasonable excuse for failing to clean up after it.


“Most dog owners are already doing this and we value their contribution and support.


“I wholeheartedly welcome this campaign and know that many of our ambassadors in the communities wanting action will be behind us.”


If you’d like to ‘be responsible’ and receive a toolkit to help promote the campaign in your area, email marketing@trafford.gov.uk or visit: trafford.gov.uk/dogfouling.
 

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