A foul mark on Arbroath streets

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The dark winter days have brought out the worst in some thoughtless dog owners with an increase in the amount of dog fouling.

Our readers disgust has been aimed at the recent smattering of dog mess littering the pavements and parkways of Arbroath.

With around seven million dogs in the UK, producing 1,000 tonnes of excrement per day, it’s easy to see why the public have a problem with it.

One peeved off dog owner said: “We walk our dog a few times every day, complete with poo bags. There is no need to allow dogs to foul pavements without it being picked up.

“The worst streets in the area seem to be Elliot Street, Angus College car park and Lochlands Drive, it is totally unacceptable.”

“The dogs are let off their lead in Keptie Pond area and run around doing their business. When you approach the owner about not picking up after them they claim the dog doesn’t belong to them,” said another reader, who wishes to remain anonymous.

It is an illegal offence to allow your dog to knowingly defecate at any time in any public open place.

The Dog Fouling (Scotland) Act 2003 gives authorisation to local authorities to issue fines on those found not adhering to the law.

An Angus Council spokesperson said: “We deal with dog fouling through co-ordinated enforcement action and the promotion of responsible dog ownership.

“If you do not clean up after your pet, you can be issued with a fixed penalty notice of £40, rising to £60 if not paid within 28 days or the offence can be reported to the 
Procurator Fiscal.”

Visit www.angus.gov.uk to report dog fouling online.