Shrewsbury pupils design dog fouling posters

School pupils in Shrewsbury have been taking action on dog fouling by designing their own signs to highlight the problem.  The children have been working with the Councils dog warden to produce colourful signs to tackle the problem of dog fouling.

The idea is borrowed from motoring where childrens signs have been used to help reduce speed for a number of years.  The more formal signage normally used by Councils appears to have less of an impact.

Dog waste is always a massive issue for communities in and around Shrewsbury, not just because it is unsightly but contact with dog faeces can cause ‘toxocariasis’, which can lead to serious illness and even blindness and children are particularly vulnerable to this.

Failing to clear up after your pet is a criminal offence, and those found to be responsible could face an on-the-spot fine of £75.

To report a dog fouling problem to the Council visit http://shropshire.gov.uk/environmental-maintenance/street-cleaning/report-a-dog-fouling-problem/

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James Thompson James Thompson

Waste Prevention Officer, Waste Management, Shropshire Council

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