Stick The Dog Muck
28 September 2006
Park wardens in Yorkshire are shaming dog owners into clearing up after their pets.
Tired of having their park spoiled by mutt muck, the wardens in Ogden Water have been using sticks with yellow flags to highlight the problem.
The 'poo sticks' are being left next to canine cack to embarrass owners into changing their ways. They also act as a warning to park visitors with children.
Keep Britain Tidy salutes the wardens' efforts to encourage people to scoop their dog's poop.
"Leaving dog dump for someone else to tread in really is disgusting," said Emma Brennan, spokesperson for Keep Britain Tidy.
She added: "Dog fouling remains the most offensive local environmental problem yet lazy owners continue to literally empty their pets in beauty spots around the country."
According to Keep Britain Tidy figures 68,000 people complained to a council last year about dog poop in public places.
In 2001 a person could scarcely leave the house without having to dodge doggy doo. While there have been major improvements dog fouling continues to spoil our parks, beaches and streets.
A survey carried out by Keep Britain Tidy earlier this year found that the public are so fed up with dog dirt that they think owners who persistently let their dogs foul should be banned from having one.