A campaign to tackle dog fouling has taken to the parks and streets with the help of Fulwood volunteers.
The Canine Volunteers campaign is being piloted in the area as part of Preston Council’s “grab it, bag it, bin it” message.
It is made up of a number of residents who have joined forces together with the council’s Dog Welfare and Clean Environment teams.
A group of local residents have agreed to talk to other dog owners about the issues, to report fouling incidents and to assist them, giving free dog waste bags to owners.
This “POOch” Patrol began operating in the Fulwood area from September 5 and plans are in place to extend the scheme into other areas.
Garrison Ward councillor 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.”
She added: “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.”