Peter George, a member of Burntisland Community Council says dog fouling is a blight on the town.
Such is the level of concern in the community that people regularly stop him in the street to ask what’s being done about it.
He's calling for a crackdown on dog owners who fail to take responsibility for cleaning up after their pets.
Peter said: “Most dog owners in Burntisland do the right thing and dispose of dog mess responsibly, but there is a minority that don’t and it has become a blight on the town”.
“It’s an issue in every area, from the High Street to the housing schemes on the edge of town and the Links is just terrible for it. When I’m out and about in Burntisland, people constantly stop me to ask what’s being done about the problem”.
“The council used to provide over one million biodegradable bags every year to encourage dog owners to clean up after their pets, but that service was withdrawn. I’d like to see more of Fife Council’s dog wardens but there’s only four covering the Kingdom now so it is difficult for them”.
“I’ll certainly push for more resources to tackle this problem but I think we need to create a culture where it’s completely unacceptable for dog owners not to clean up after their pets”.
Anyone not cleaning up after his or her dog could receive a fine of £40.
You can report someone for not cleaning up after their dog by phoning the Animal Health & Welfare Helpline on 08451 55 00 22 or alternatively report the offence at the local police station.
“If the vast majority of decent people in this community stand together, we have a chance of dealing with dog fouling once and for all.”
To get in touch with Peter George about any other environmental issues which concerns you in Burntisland, please call 01592 870001.
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