Everyone can help tackle Bute dog fouling woes

The maximum fine, as this sign says, for failing to clean up after your dog is �500 - but this only applies if you refuse to pay and the case is taken to court. The initial penalty is �40, rising to �60 if not paid in 28 days.
The maximum fine, as this sign says, for failing to clean up after your dog is �500 - but this only applies if you refuse to pay and the case is taken to court. The initial penalty is �40, rising to �60 if not paid in 28 days.

Everyone has a role to play in tackling the scourge of dog fouling on Bute.

So said Argyll and Bute Council’s area amenity services manager at this month’s meeting of Bute Community Council.

Tom Murphy said: “It’s the biggest problem I have. We have nine wardens covering Argyll and Bute.

“Everyone can help us combat this problem. We’ve had two or three incidents where we can get the warden to go to the person to warn them we’ve had complaints, which acts as a deterrent.”

Mr Murphy agreed to look into a suggestion by Police Scotland’s local chief inspector, Paul Robertson, that the council set up a dedicated phone line with an answering machine to allow people to report dog fouling incidents immediately.

You can currently report dog fouling online by visiting www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/myabc/dogfouling.

* More on this story in the May 29 edition of The Buteman - on sale now.