Redcar_and_Cleveland_Borough_CouncilA HARD HITTING campaign designed to make dog owners in Redcar & Cleveland think about their actions and pick up after their pet has been launched.

Images featuring the strapline ‘Pick up the poo before they do’ are being targeted at irresponsible dog owners to make them think about the consequences of not clearing up after their dog and to reinforce the message that their behaviour will not be tolerated.

Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Cllr Helen McLuckie said:

“The majority of dog owners are responsible people, who pick up after their dog and dispose of the poo bags properly, however residents are sick of irresponsible dog owners and we wanted to make irresponsible dog owners think about the consequences of not clearing up after their pet.

Dog fouling can be harmful to people’s health and the campaign highlights how young people can be particularly put at risk by dog fouling.”

The campaign will see the council working in partnership with the community by taking measures to tackle dog fouling including:

  • street cleaners will be issued with new equipment to remove dog poo;
  • CCTV will be installed in ‘hot spot’ areas to support residents;
  • resource packs will be issued to local schools;
  • extra dog poo bins will be provided
  • awareness raising that dog waste can be disposed of in litter bins;
  • dog poo bags will be handed out to dog walkers;
  • green dog walking areas will be set up with fully equipped ‘dog stations’.

Cllr Barry Hunt, Ward Member for Brotton added:

“I am delighted that the Council is getting serious about tackling dog fouling in the area as it is an issue I feel passionately about and have championed for a number of years.

Dog fouling is totally unacceptable and this campaign along with the additional measures being put in place to tackle the problem will help raise awareness and ensure the Council is doing all it can to support residents.

The Council is getting serious about dog fouling and now we want the public to work with us to tackle it, keep our streets clean and take pride in our neighbourhoods.”

To report dog fouling please call 01642 774774 or email contactus@redcar-cleveland.gov.uk

Fixed penalty notices will be handed out to people who don’t pick up after their dogs in a bid to put pressure on irresponsible owners.