Backing for crackdown on dog owners who won't scoop poop
A CAMPAIGN to make dog-owners clean up after their pooches has had a "very positive response", according to organisers.
Nottingham Community Protection set up the See It, Report It campaign on Monday to raise awareness of the problem of dog mess.
The team has been holding events to promote the campaign and has already had nearly 100 "likes" on Facebook as well as a stream of positive messages.
Richard Antcliff, head of Community Protection, said he was pleased to see people getting behind the campaign.
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He added: "Wherever we go, dog mess is people's number one priority – it's not nice to see and can actually be dangerous, especially to smaller children.
"It is a shame that we have to run campaigns like this to remind dog-owners to pick up after their pets but we want to see things improve.
"We have this idea that if we can stop the dog-fouling and people take pride in their area, then this can help bring down other crime.
"We have had a very positive response to the campaign so far – we're the cleanest big city and people want to see us carry on being as clean as possible."
There have been neighbourhood road shows across Nottingham and community support officers have been encouraging dog owners to sign up to a "responsible dog charter". They will also be distributing poo bag dispensers that attach to dog collars.
In Nottingham, not cleaning up after your dog carries a £50 on-the-spot penalty and a maximum fine of £1,000 if found guilty at court.
City councillor Alex Norris has urged members of the public to get behind the campaign and report culprits.
He said: "Dog fouling remains a priority for all our citizens and we need people's help in order for us to catch offenders.
"Dog fouling gives all dog-owners a bad name, so if you see it, report it."
The campaign urges people to call the antisocial behaviour help line on 0115 915 2020 to anonymously report people who allow their dogs to foul.