>> 24 June 2013
Councillors on Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee have unanimously supported tougher measures on dog-owners who fail to clean up after their pets. The new move will see a substantial increase in the number of officers trained and authorised to serve fixed penalty notices, and local residents encouraged to report offenders.
The Council’s Environmental Health Service is to promote a Clean Dog-Walking Campaign, working with Community Planning partners, local communities and other partners. Free dog waste bags are to be made available from a greater range of Council offices, and consideration will be given to the installation of more dog waste bins where appropriate. Areas which are particularly prone to dog fouling will be targeted for investigation on a prioritised basis.
SNP councillors Rob Merson (Ellon & District) and Allan Hendry (Mid-Formartine) have frequently called for tougher action on dog owners who allow their animals to foul pavements and playparks.
Commenting on the matter, Cllr Allan Hendry said:
Cllr Rob Merson, who sits on the Infrastructure Services Committee, remarked: