Campaign to get dog owners picking up their pets’ mess

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A dog welfare charity is calling on South Tyneside dog owners to clean up their pet’s mess.

The Dogs Trust and Keep Britain Tidy have joined forces for the Big Scoop 2015 campaign.

The charity says that despite the majority of dog owners being responsible, dog waste remains a prominent issue.

As part of the anti-fouling campaign, the charity is calling on councils, communities and local people to become ‘Scooper Heroes’ and spread the message, ‘bag it and bin it’.

Alison Gray, Dogs Trust education and community officer for North East England, said: “It’s the small minority of irresponsible dog owners who leave their dog’s mess on footpaths, in parks and green spaces. Many people may not realise that when it comes to disposing of dog waste any public bin will do. Dog owners simply need to pick up their dog waste in a poo bag and place it in any bin.”

There are more than eight million dogs in the UK, producing 1,000 tonnes of waste a day.