Clean up after your pets

April 2013


WE are appealing to dog owners to help keep our streets, parks and open spaces clean.

   While the vast majority of owners act conscientiously to clean up after their pets, a minority are allowing them to foul public areas leading to the all-too-familiar horror of dog poo on shoes, pushchair wheels, sports equipment and so on.

   Volunteer litter pickers regularly encounter dog bags thrown into bushes and then have the unpleasant task of retrieving them and arranging proper disposal.

   Ideally, dog walkers should train their pets to toilet in a suitable area before leaving home. When in public areas, a biodegradable dog bag should be used to clean up and then be deposited in the nearest dog bin. Where no bin is available the dog bag should be taken home for disposal or double wrapped and placed in an ordinary litter bin.

   There are also health hazards associated with dog fouling and owners are strongly urged to have their pets wormed on a regular basis.

   Dog fouling is not only anti-social but also an offence for which a penalty can be imposed.

   So please "Bag it and Bin it".

Mary Dodd, Nantwich Litter Group Publicity


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