North Lanarkshire Council lay down the law with dog owners, declaring it's 'bag it and bin it' time

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 15:03 BST on Wednesday 27th June 2012.

North Lanarkshire Council have laid down the line with dog owners, who fail to bag it and bin it.

Launching the new ‘Grab it, Bag it, Bin it’ campaign Councillor McKenna, Convener of Environmental Services said:

"Dog faeces can cause infection, especially to young children and other vulnerable people."

"So we are appealing to dog owners across North Lanarkshire to clean up after your dog when you're in a public place.

"We know from residents that dog fouling is a real concern and we take this very seriously. The council has teams out around the clock keeping our communities clean and free of litter, and the problem of dog fouling has been reducing over recent years.

Helen added: "We are effective in tackling the problem and most owners do their part by tidying up after their dog. However, it is the minority of people who let their dogs run free or who won't clean up the mess that cause the problem.”

North Lanarkshire Council have said that dog owners should:

·         GRAB IT - always keep a supply of bags near your dog's lead so you don't forget to taken them with you on every walk. Simply insert your hand in the bag and pick up your dog's waste,

·         BAG IT - carefully turn the bag inside out and 'bag' the mess,

·         BIN IT - dispose of the bag in any public litter bin.

Owners who fail to clean up after their pet pal will be subject to a fixed penalty notice, as Councillor McKenna explains: "Those people should be clear - either clean up after your dog or you will face a fixed penalty notice of £40."

Although officers regularly patrol parks and streets to monitor the issue and tackle anyone who doesn't clean up after their pet, people who are concerned about dog fouling in their community should report the problem to the council.