Community organisations in the Royal Burgh of Wigtown have this week declared war on anti-social dog owners who allow their pets to foul public spaces.
Malcolm Booth from Wigtown in Bloom was horrified at the state of the town’s showpiece gardens and only a last minute clean up saved the Rainbow Guides recent Easter Egg Hunt in the gardens from being cancelled.
Mr Booth said: “We lifted 18 piles of dog muck on the afternoon before the kids went into the gardens. We check the gardens every couple of days and usually lift about 25 piles. We have put notices up but they haven’t done any good and it seems to have got worse since Christmas.
It’s very off-putting for visitors to the town.”
Wigtown Community Council chairman Nick Walker added: “We frequently hear complaints about dog fouling.
“This is a substantial problem in many communities and is probably the commonest form of anti-social behaviour to which we all are exposed. It is especially galling in a beautiful setting like Wigtown, one which relies extensively on tourism for its economy.
“Wigtown CC was pleased to learn this week that D&GC Community Wardens served several fixed penalty notices (fines) on people responsible for dog fouling during a recent “blitz”.
“We hope this might focus dog owners’ attention on their responsibilities for their dogs’ poo.
“We would encourage everyone to be vigilant and report (anonymously if you wish) anyone they see allowing their dog to foul and not gathering up the results - reports should go to DG First’s Community Wardens on 030 33 33 3000.
“What we want to see is the town gardens and the whole district free of dog excrement so that people can enjoy the wonderful environment we live in.
“The Community Festival could include events in the town without the worry of children playing in dog dirt. Please play your part to help us Let Wigtown Flourish.”
A spokesmen for Dumfries and Galloway Council said: “From 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2014 there were 46 Fixed Penalty Notices for dog fouling issued for Wigtownshire. Fines are £40, rising to £60 if not paid within 28 days.”