Brechin’s dog mess 
problem is still causing concern

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The disgusting issue of dog mess littering the streets of Brechin has been an ongoing problem for years.

Dog fouling is not only unpleasant it is dangerous. The biggest threat to public health from dog excrement is toxocariasis - a rare infection caused by roundworm parasites, which is spread from animals to humans via their infected faeces.

Although rare, if the condition is left untreated, it can lead to blindness.

Keep Scotland Beautiful, the independent charity which is committed to making Scotland clean and green, today and tomorrow, is encouraging Brechiners to back their campaign to rid Scotland of litter and dog fouling, amongst other incivilities such as flytipping and graffiti.

To pledge your support for the campaign visit www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/environmental-quality/clean-up-scotland/get-involved/back-clean-up-scotland.

Anyone, in charge of a dog, who fails to immediately remove dog mess after it has fouled in a public place and dispose of it in a suitable receptacle (dog bin, public litter bin or your own refuse bin) can be issued with a £40 fixed penalty notice by any police officer or authorised officer from the local authority.