Published: 31/01/2013 20:00 - Updated: 31/01/2013 17:58

Wardens go undercover in poo battle

IRRESPONSIBLE dog owners in Moray will soon find they have no hiding place if they fail to bag it and bin it.

The Moray Community Wardens are on the trail of dog dirt offenders.
The Moray Community Wardens are on the trail of dog dirt offenders.

Moray’s Community Warden team are going undercover in a sustained and determined effort to curb the problem of dog fouling.

That will include the use of plain clothes patrols – a new move for Moray in the fight against dog dirt, and also mobile CCTV.

Andy Jamieson, anti-social behaviour co-ordinator, said the time for educating people is very much in the past.

“We need to get the message over that dog fouling, like drink driving, is not socially acceptable,” he said.

‘The Northern Scot’ is backing the campaign, which Mr Jamieson insisted will be a concerted and prolonged initiative, not just high profile patrols for a month or two.

With just seven £40 fixed penalties issued last year for dog fouling across Moray, that shows how difficult it is to catch people in the act.

Andrew Mackie, Buckie warden, estimated 50% of their workload involves dog fouling, while Keith warden Donna Jamieson admitted it was one of the “biggest gripes” among the public.

Kathy Grant, who covers Elgin, said information is vital to catch offenders.

People can report dog fouling or other anti-social behaviour to a council hotline which is manned 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The number is 0800 5877197.

They can also e-mail concerns to antisocialbehaviour@moray.gov.uk

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