Community conscious volunteers are doing their bit to tackle dog fouling.
The ‘Canine Volunteers’ from Fulwood have joined forces to try to put an end to dog fouling in the area together with Preston Council’s Dog Welfare and Clean Environment teams.
The group has agreed to talk to other dog owners they encounter about the issues, to report fouling incidents and to assist them, giving free dog waste bags to owners.
Garrison Ward Coun Jennifer Greenhalgh, said: “This is an important issue which has been raised regularly at PACT meetings all over Preston, and I am delighted that members of the community are working with the council and we hope this hands-on approach will improve matters.
“We have had discussions with residents from The Drive, Fulwood about how we can tackle the issue of dog fouling in that area. Dog fouling is a problem and although many dog owners act responsibly, there are always those few irresponsible owners who spoil the environment for everyone.
“Catching irresponsible dog owners can be difficult but dog walkers know who the offenders are as they often walk their dogs around the same time and in the same places, so they are absolutely the best people to help us resolve the problem.”
Coun Robert Boswell, cabinet member for environment, added: “People who don’t clean up after their dogs are guilty of anti social behaviour.
“As councillors we know that dog fouling is an important issue and this is a great example of how councillors can take action to improve the environment in their local area and promote responsible dog ownership.”
Plans are already in place to extend the scheme to other areas.