Clean dog walking pledge to be promoted at show

Aberdeenshire Dog Warden Alison Robertson with Dash and Folly
Aberdeenshire Dog Warden Alison Robertson with Dash and Folly

An Aberdeenshire Council Dog Warden will be on hand during Scottish Week to promote a community initiative to combat dog fouling.

Alison Robertson from Enviromental Health will be running a stall at Thursday’s annual Dog Show to promote the Clean Dog Walking campaign.

There are more than 10 million dog owners in the UK but despite potential fines of up to £500, dog fouling remains an problem in Peterhead and the surrounding area.

Owners are being encouraged to sign up to the Clean Dog Walking Pledge. They can then to put a special dog tag on their pet which shows other owners they have committed to cleaning up after their dog.

Those who have signed the pledge - which emphasises that the initiative is ‘intended to be a non-confrontational and friendly campaign’ - will always carry extra doggie bags to hand out to other owners.

The Buchanie recently reported that Aberdeenshire councillors unanimously backed tougher measures on North-East dog owners who fail to clean up after their pets. There will be a substantial increase in officers authorised to serve fixed penalty notices.

SNP councillor Alan Hendry previously said he is disappointed fewer than 50 notices have been served in Aberdeenshire until now.