A ‘Dog Watch’ scheme has now been introduced in Dunblane, following the area being added to the Council’s patrol list as a result of local councillor Alastair Majury’s efforts last year.
Dog Watch aims to encourage the public to report when they witness an offence being committed. Council officials say one of the main reasons that dog owners don’t clear up after their dog is because they think they are not being “watched by the authorities”. They believe that if the message gets out that the general public can take direct action to report offences, dog owners are far more likely to behave responsibly.
It’s hoped the scheme, that is around the streets near the Dunblane Primary School playing fields, will lead to a decrease in dog fouling — one of the most common complaints that councillors receive. Dog Watch signs have also been put up around the areas, containing details of how people can report dog fouling incidents, in 2017 the council received 166 such requests up from 119 in 2016.
Dog fouling can lead to an increased risk in disease if dogs are not regularly wormed. Toxocara canis can pass from dog poo to humans as Toxocariasis through contaminated sand or soil, or by playing with dogs which have licked eggs from their bodies or faeces.
Local Conservative Councillor Alastair Majury said:
“Hardworking council officers often gets criticised for the small number of penalty notices it gives out for dog fouling, but I am sure that most residents would understand that our wardens are unlikely to be ‘on the spot’ to witness incidences of dog fouling That’s why we need to work proactively with the majority of dog owners who are responsible and other residents to address this growing problem.”
Local Conservative Councillor Douglas Dodds said:
“Whilst I am out walking my dog Rudy, other dog owners often grumble about the amount of dog mess in certain parts of our ward. It would be great to see ‘Dog Watch’ extended to all areas where it is an issue.’”
Local Conservative Councillor Alastair Majury added:
“It is great to see a focus on dog fouling in urban areas, but we must also remember that dog fouling is a serious matter for farmers as well and always picking up after your dog will reduce the heartache and financial distress suffered by farmers that lose unborn livestock due to dog fouling on their land.”
Alastair Majury resides locally in the historic Scottish city of Dunblane, and is a Senior Regulatory Business Analyst working across the country. Alastair is also a volunteer officer at the local Boys’ Brigade company, a charity which focuses on enriching the lives of children and young people, and building a stronger community. Alastair Majury also serves on the local council (Stirling Council) as Councillor Alastair Majury where he represents the ward of Dunblane and Bridge of Allan, topping the poll.