Clearing up after your dogs is the message being shared in Wolverhampton this week during The Big Scoop, an annual campaign organised by The Dogs Trust in conjunction with Keep Britain Tidy.

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The Big Scoop draws attention to the problems caused by dog poo and encourages pet owners to Bag It and Bin It!

An online survey conducted by Wolverhampton City Council earlier in the year into the issue of dog fouling found a significant number of people were unsure where they were able to get rid of their animals' mess.

The council wants to remind people that they can place dog mess in any public litter bin - they do not need to waste time searching for a specific dog poo bin, and with 1,500 litter bins around the city they will never be far away from one.

Councillor Steve Evans, Wolverhampton City Council's Cabinet Member for City Environment, said: "We're encouraging people to pick up after their dogs and always carry poo bags with them when out for a walk.

"While the majority of dog owners are responsible and pick up after their pets it's the careless few that that give dogs and their owners a bad reputation. Anyone who chooses not to clean up after their dog can be taken to court and fined.

"The message we want to get out there is that dog fouling is anti-social, it carries disease and we won't put up with it."

Members of the public who spot dog mess in a public place, or know of any owners that do not clean up after their pets, are asked to report it in confidence using the free Wolverhampton Report It app for their mobile phone or tablet or by calling City Direct on 01902 551155.

  • released: Wednesday 17 June, 2015