New posters hammer home the dangers posed by dog fouling
A HARD-HITTING campaign to tackle dog fouling in Bristol has been launched.
The Safer Bristol group behind the campaign says it has been inundated with complaints about the problem at neighbourhood meetings, particularly in the south of the city.
To hammer home the message a shocking poster of a young child putting what appears to be dog mess in their mouth is being used. The poster has been deliberately designed to disgust and was chosen by residents in south Bristol after they decided it was the best way to get the message across that not clearing up dog mess is unacceptable.
The campaign highlights the health risks that people – especially children – can face when owners do not clear up after their dogs. People can develop dizziness, nausea, epileptic fits or even suffer incurable blindness if they are exposed to bugs contained in dog mess.
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Residents in Dundry and Knowle West have complained about the amount of dog mess littering the parks and pavements, reporting problems where children have accidentally smeared it on playground equipment after unknowingly stepping in it, and then other youngsters get it on their hands.
This week Safer Bristol, along with local PCSOs and the south Bristol dog warden, launched a major crackdown on those who flout the law.
As part of Poo Action Week (PAW) council staff and neighbourhood police officers will be out on the streets of Knowle West, Bishopsworth, Hartcliffe and Whitchurch Park to target offenders.
People who don't clear up after their dogs could be issued with on-the-sport £80 fines, or even face prosecution, with the possibility of an £1,000 fine.
Residents are also being told how they can report incidents of offending and free bags are being given out across the community.
The poster, which shows a child near a playground slide with its hands and face smeared with what is supposed to be dog mess, will be put up in community centres, libraries, doctors surgeries and vets, as well as at the pavilion in Filwood Fields. There's also a second poster telling people how to report offenders.
Anita Pearce, from the Filwood Neighbourhood Partnership, said: "Some dog owners let their dogs run wild and then leave things. Dog mess is something that people always complain about, but they often don't know what to do about it.Hopefully this campaign will help."
To report incidents of dog fouling, call the dog warden on 0117 922 2500 or email email@example.com with the details of the owner, location, time and breed of dog.