Brand new signs are being placed on lamp-posts across Denbighshire as part of the Council’s latest initiative to tackle dog fouling in the county.
The warning signs have been designed using images of ‘reflective eyes’ which reflect light in the hours of darkness and warn the public that the area is being monitored.
Small cameras will also be used in areas that are deemed to be fouling hot-spots and signs will be placed to warn people they may be filmed. The cameras used are not covert, they are easy to set up and have the flexibility to be moved to another location quickly
Officers from Kingdom Security, working on behalf of the Council are focussing their efforts on patrols specifically to identify offenders over the coming two weeks. They will be out and about working two shifts, 6am-2pm and 12pm until 8pm. They will also engage with dog owners about the need to clean up after their animals.
Other activities will see the Council providing free bags to do owners; dog mess found on pavements will be painted using chalk, in order to highlight the problem and officers will also be gathering intelligence to enable further enforcement.
Dog owners found to be cleaning up after their animals will be offered the chance to enter into a prize draw as part of the Bin it to Win It scheme.
Councillor David Smith, Cabinet Lead Member for Public Realm, said: “ This is the latest in a range of initiatives undertaken by the Council to tackle dog fouling in the county.
“Residents tell us that it is one of the biggest issues of concern to them. The majority of individuals want to live in, work in and visit an area that is free of dog mess. It is a blight on the landscape and can be detrimental to people’s health and well-being.
“This campaign is about educating people to be considerate and not allow their dogs to foul in public. The majority of people do act responsibly and we thank them for that. It’s the small group of individuals that we are trying to reach with our message.
“Dog fouling will simply not be tolerated in our county and we hope that our high profile and visible approach will make a real difference”.
Responsible owners or any member of the public can contact the Council with information and remain anonymous if they wish. They can report issues through the website: www.denbighshire.gov.uk or through the Customer Service Centre, on 01824 706101.