I’ve been overwhelmed by the positive response to the council’s anti-dog fouling campaign which I launched this week.
Our hard-hitting posters have been praised as a bold move against the scourge of filthy folk who don’t pick up after their pets.
People have also said it’s nice to see a council with a “sense of humour”. I’m thrilled so many people like them.
By our reckoning, the posters have been seen by tens of thousands of people all over the world through the power of social media. Our Facebook page and Twitter was alight with people’s reactions. You’ll also be seeing the posters in our parks and on our streets over the coming weeks.
All but a very small number have welcomed our stance on the issue of dog mess.
Admittedly, some people haven’t liked the use of the word s**t on one of the posters, which features the slogan “No s**t Sherlock. And some folks don’t like the graphic image of the dog poo.
To the people who feel we’ve gone too far – well, we don’t mean to cause any offence. But the fact of the matter is, dog mess is disgusting and it’s time we really do something about it.
Dog mess is in our parks, on our streets and it fouls up our football pitches (which dog walkers should note – are a no-go area for dogs. We don’t allow dogs on sports pitches in Sandwell).
Dog mess is a nightmare for parents pushing buggies and walking children to school while they dodge stinking piles of it on our pavements. It’s a pain in the backside for footballers who have to walk the pitch checking for it before they play a match, lest they take a sliding tackle into a pile of the stuff.
It’s the top priority for many of our residents – the council had over 800 complaints about dog fouling last year.
So we want to get people talking about it and I think the posters do just that. We want the selfish minority of people who allow their dogs to foul Sandwell’s streets and parks to know that we’re onto them.
It’s vile, it’s lazy and it’s got to stop.
Our neighbourhood wardens’ highest priority is tackling dog mess – so be warned. Don’t pick up after your dog and we will fine you £75.
I’m keen to also reward people who can tell us about irresponsible dog owners who don’t pick up their pet’s mess. That’s why I’m asking my officers to bring in a £50 reward for anyone who reports a dog owner who we later issue with a fine for dog fouling. More news on that once we’ve got it sorted.
I’d love to hear what you think of our poster campaign here on my blog. And I want you to report dog mess to the council so we can get it cleaned up.
And if you live in Sandwell, we’d like to give you a free pack of dog mess bags and a holder, you can request them on our website.