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Monday 15 October

Tackling dog mess in Milton Creek

Dog mess is being sprayed red in Milton Creek Country Park to highlight the problem of owners leaving their pet’s mess behind.

The campaign has been launched by Swale Borough Council following the success of similar initiatives elsewhere.

In the first week of the scheme last month, 140 separate dog poos were sprayed with environmentally-friendly pain. Last week, this was down to 28.

Cllr David Simmons, cabinet member for environment and rural affairs at the council said:

"The vast majority of dog owners clear up after their pets, but a small number think that it’s invisible and no-one will see it, despite signs and warnings that it is an offence.

"The spray painting has shown them that it’s not invisible, people do see it, and they need to do the right thing and clear it up.

"The results so far have been encouraging and people seem to be getting the message that it’s not acceptable to leave the mess behind.

"It’s also a reminder that we are monitoring the areas and if we catch someone not clearing up after their dog they could be liable to a fixed penalty notice of £100."

Dog fouling can lead to an infection called toxocariasis if it enters the human system and children are most at risk of this disease.

Dog owners can dispose of dog waste in any street bin in Swale, not just designated dog waste bins.

For more information about the law around dog fouling, including how you can report the issue, visit our dog fouling page

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