The issue of dog fouling has once again reared its head in Brechin, after a local resident complained about the state of River Street.
The gentleman, who has asked not to be named, was “amazed” by the amount of dog fouling in the area.
He said: “I was atrocious the amount of dogs mess. I don’t know why people just let their animals roam. People are restricted by the works and have no choice but to walk on the pavement and if they are not paying attention they could step right in it.”
He added: “The owners doing this have no respect for the local people.
“Angus Council don’t seem to be able to catch them doing it to be able to fine them.”
However, locals were quick to point out that other areas in the town are just as bad. Posting on Facebook, Linsay Arbuthnott said: “Not just River Street. Latch road, Trinity Road and Market Street are always covered in dog faeces! It’s disgusting and clearly there are a select few that don’t pick up as its the same place everyday! I often find myself picking them up off market street instead of my kids standing in it and having to deal with it that way!”
A council spokesperson said: “It is disappointing that some inconsiderate dog owners allow their dogs to foul in public areas and do not take the time to clean up after their dogs despite the health risks attached to this. We would like to take this opportunity to remind all dog owners to please act responsibly and clean up after their dogs.
“As well as leading to dirty streets and unsafe parks, dog fouling can be a health hazard for humans, especially children. Help us clamp down on dog fouling by reporting it. The more information you give us, the easier it will be for us to find the offenders.
“We want to know things like:-
l “Where the dog fouling is – the exact location will really help, please include street names, areas, or landmarks.
l “The time when you think the dog fouling happens – do you know what time the offending dog is usually walked.
l“What the dog looks like – if you know the colour, breed or size this will help us identify the offender.
“You can report dog fouling on our website: www.angus.gov.uk/dogfouling or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 08452 777 778.
“Remember, if your dog is caught fouling in a public place and you fail to pick it up, you could be fined £40.”