Not all dog owners are irresponsible

Warning signs: Requests for signs advising of the penalties for allowing dogs to foul footpaths and parkland should be made to the Dog Warden Service via ACCESSLine on 08452 777 778.

Warning signs: Requests for signs advising of the penalties for allowing dogs to foul footpaths and parkland should be made to the Dog Warden Service via ACCESSLine on 08452 777 778.

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Not ALL dog walkers should be tarred with the same brush is the message a frustrated dog walker wants to get across.

Mr Davidson, who does not his full name used for fear of reprisals, has been a dog owner for most of his life.

And he has felt it necessary to highlight that dog fouling on Brechin’s pavements is the result of a select few dog owners and not the majority of responsible dog owners.

“Every day I see dog mess on the street and have, on occasion, been accused of being responsible for the mess. When I have asked why I was to blame I am told that it is because I have a dog. That is correct I do have a dog but I also pick up after my dog.

“I highly agree with people getting annoyed about the situation but at times I feel that dog owners as a whole are being blamed for one or two irresponsible owners.

“When I am out on walks you are forever seeing people pick up after their dogs and walking with poopy bags.”

Mr Davidson feels the situation is becoming more of a problem as people become more aware of the situation.

“For over 40 years I have had a dog and in that 40 years there has always been an issue with dog mess,” he continued.

“I have read about the problem many times over the years in the Brechin Advertiser but recently I feel people are becoming more annoyed with all dog owners and not just the individuals responsible.

“I am all for trying to catch the culprits but not at the expense of innocent people.

“I am not sure how the situation can be resolved. I don’t think there is any easy answer.

“The community wardens can only be in one place at any one time so for them to be able to catch someone they have to be in the right place at the right time. They can only do so much.

“How can they catch someone who will be aware that they are being watched?”

A common misconception is that dog mess can only be discarded in special dog bins. This is not the case and all bins can be used for depositing dog poo bags.

“Dog mess can be put into any bin but sometimes it is hard to locate a bin of any sort. Maybe we, as a community, need to get together and ask to get more litter and dog bins to be erected around Brechin.

“It is not impossible to walk for any hour, or longer, and not come across a litter bin or dog mess bin.

“It seems dog bins are only put in areas where there is grass, and often in areas with no light, but when it is dark and wet you tend to walk along the lit pavements so you can see and don’t get too messy. It is on those walks that I find I struggle to find a bin.”

If you have witnessed someone not picking up after their dog and you know the name and address of the person who is responsible you can report this to Angus Council ACCESSLine, 08452 777 778.

The information will be passed to an authorised officer who can discuss the need to pick up after their pet with the owner. Any information passed to the authorised officer is treated in the strictest confidence.

The authorised officers of the local authority, as well as police officers, are empowered to issue fixed penalty notices for failing to clear up after your dog has fouled in a public place.

It is possible to be convicted of this offence on the evidence of one witness.