Scottish SPCA encourages Fife dog walkers to help clean up litter

The Scottish SPCA is encouraging Fifers to support the Paws on Plastic initiative throughout May which asks dog owners to pick up at least two pieces of litter when walking their pets.

Thursday, 29th April 2021, 4:20 pm

Paws on Plastic was started by environmental enthusiast Marion Montgomery who began the non-profit enterprise from her home as a way to combat the harmful effects of litter and in particular, plastic.

The charity is asking people to take part over the month of May ,and over the Keep Scotland Beautiful Summer Clean which runs until June.

Mike Flynn, Scottish SPCA chief superintendent said: “We get countless reports every year of animals ingesting or becoming trapped or caught in litter or discarded fishing wire.

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Marion with her dogs Paddy and Ted.

“We issue guidance and advice to the public asking them to be responsible around wild animals through our #WildlifeWise programme. The Paws on Plastic project is a fantastic extension of this and highlights the dangers litter can pose.”

Marion has grown the Paws on Plastic community to over 20,000 members worldwide.

She said: “I started it to help protect animals from the dangers of litter. As a responsible dog owner, I was walking my dogs with spare poo bags in my pocket and often noticed the same pieces of rubbish every day.

“It really just came to me that if I removed it, it made a difference and it could save a life. It’s just fantastic that so many dog owners have joined the cause and wish to do their own wee bit to protect animals and our precious environment.”

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