Council wants problem cleaned up

Dog mess hanging from fence on coastal walk
Dog mess hanging from fence on coastal walk

LOCAL dog owners are being urged to pick up after their pets this summer to curb an increase in dog fouling in the area.

Fife Council’s environmental enforcement officer Andy Jones says the problem is particularly bad close to Leven’s Caravan Park, near to Waggon Road and King George V park.

He has urged locals to think about the environment – and other residents – and to clean up dog dirt when out on walks.

“This is all about educating dog owners to be responsible, and we have specialised leaflets that we hand out to raise awareness,” he said.

“A lot of people don’t realise you can use a normal litter bin as well, because it all goes to landfill.”

Dog wardens will also be visiting schools to raise awareness of responsible dog ownership, which will incorporate dog fouling.

Fifty-four fixed penalty notices have been issued to dog owners since last July.

Councillor Alistair Hunter said: “Dogs are man’s best friend and, as a dog owner, I’m only too aware how much a dog is part of the family. As a community, we should have a zero tolerance policy to dog fouling and irresponsible dog owners. As a Council, we want to send a message that we won’t put up with dog fouling on our streets, parks or beaches and I urge the public to report bad owners to our enforcement teams.”

Anyone with information can call, in confidence, on 08451 44 00 22.

Andy added: “Those reporting incidents don’t need to give their name, but I would urge them to leave a contact number or email address so we can give them feedback.”