Dog mess will be sprayed bright orange to shame owners

Dog mess which has not been scooped up will be sprayed bright orange in a bid to shame owners to clean up after their pet.

Monday, 9th May 2016, 3:21 pm
Updated Monday, 9th May 2016, 4:25 pm
Council officers will be spray painting dog mess bright orange

The South West Ward Tactical Group, which is made up of West Lindsey District Council officers, external partners including the police and district councillors, will be spray painting dog mess bright orange.

Officers will patrol designated dog mess black spots and use a spray gun to blast any offending discoveries.

It is hoped the pilot scheme will highlight the scale of dog fouling on streets in the South-West Ward of the town and embarrass the owners into clearing up after their pets.

Chairman of the Prosperous Communities Committee at West Lindsey District Council, Councillor Owen Bierley, is backing the scheme.

He said: “People may question why we are spraying the poo orange, instead of picking it up straight away.

“The truth is that despite our best efforts to educate people on clearing up after their dogs and issuing fixed penalty notices, dog fouling is a huge issue in parts of the district.

“We hope this visual campaign will highlight the extent of the problem, and force dog owners to think twice before walking away from their pets mess.

“It is not okay to leave mess on our streets and in our parks for children and other passer-by’s to step or fall into.”

If the ‘orange poos’ are not then subsequently removed by the owner they will be cleared up within a week.

Free dog bags are available from the council offices to help dog owners keep the streets clean.