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Tuesday 9 May

Prize for picking up after your pooch

Responsible dog owners could get rewarded for clearing up after their pet as Swale Borough Council re-run their ‘Bag it, Bin it, Win it’ campaign.

Officers from the council and its partners will hand out tokens for a prize draw to any dog walkers they witness clearing up after their dogs when they’re out and about.

The scheme is part of the council’s proactive work to encourage dog owners to do the right thing and pick up dog mess. Those that don’t can be issued with fixed penalty notices.

Last August, the council installed 30 TiksPac stations at popular dog-walking locations across the borough, providing dog walkers with free dog waste bags to pick up after their pets.

Emma Wiggins, interim director of regeneration at the council, said:

"Local people rightly complain about the mess left by thoughtless owners who don’t clean up after their dogs.

"The vast majority of dog walkers are responsible and understand that owning a dog brings with it the responsibility to clean up after it.

"Schemes like this, and our TiksPac stations are meant to encourage people to clean up after their pets.

"We know people want us to do more to stop mess being left on our streets and pavements, but we rely on people helping us catch them by letting us know where and when it is happening.

"We’re only going to tackle this if we work hand-in-hand with the local community to get officers who can issue penalties to the right place at the right time."

To find out more about what the council does to tackle dog fouling, including how to report issues, visit our dog fouling pages

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