You may have seen one of these stencils on pavements around Sandwell.
If you do, then you’ll know that’s somewhere that we’ve cleaned up a lot of dog mess.
We’ve painted about 130 around Sandwell and we want them to serve as a not-so-subtle reminder to dog owners to clean up after their pets.
And that wardens will be patrolling that area – so fail to clean up at your peril.
As for the progress we’ve made since we launched our award-winning dog fouling campaign last February…
Well we’ve fined 75 people for not cleaning up after their dog (and this means a warden has had to see someone failing to pick up after their dog) and we’ve taken four people to court. We’ve also handed out thousands of free dog mess bags.
As a dog owner myself, I just don’t understand the mentality of people who can let their dog do its business and then walk on by, leaving it for someone else to clean up.
It’s disgusting and it costs the council tens of thousands of pounds a year just cleaning up dog mess.
I know the vast majority of dog owners are responsible and I thank them for doing the decent thing and cleaning up after their dogs.
Please do report dog fouling when you see it – but if you know a particular dog owner who doesn’t clean up after their pet, you can give us their details as well and we’ll try to catch them.