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No messing with council's dog fouling campaign

Date: 13/09/2011           Category: Community Safety

A new campaign to encourage dog owners to clear up after their pets has been launched by Medway Council.

No one likes to find those telltale signs on their shoes, on a picnic rug or even on their child’s hands, so the council wants dog owners to ‘bag it and bin it’ when out and about in Medway, keeping the area clean, safe and green.

Medway Council Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and Customer Contact Cllr Mike O’Brien said: “Dog fouling has some serious potential health issues as well as being unpleasant for anyone who wants to enjoy Medway’s green and open spaces.

“It doesn’t take a moment to pick up after your dog and I would encourage dog owners to take more responsibility for their pets. Dogs can’t do it but you can.”

Dog owners can pick up free bags at Medway Council contact points, libraries and community hubs. There are more than 700 dog bins in Medway and if there is not one nearby people can use an ordinary public bin, as long as the poop is bagged.

The campaign will use social media platforms Facebook and Twitter and an online video advert to drive home the message to pooch owners.

The film features Safer Community Officers, who have first-hand experience of the issues of dog fouling. It is available to watch now at www.medway.gov.uk/bagitbinit

Visit www.facebook.com/lovemedway to support the campaign.