Battery Place in Rothesay and Castle Street in Port Bannatyne have been identified as two of the biggest problem areas for dog fouling on Bute.
Jim Ferguson, Argyll and Bute Council’s dog warden for the Bute and Cowal area, told the Bute Community Safety Forum this week that he was considering delivering leaflets to homes in the areas worst affected by owners who persistently fail to clean up after their pets.
Mr Ferguson said four dog control notices had been issued to dog owners on Bute - who can be fined up to £1,000 and banned from keeping animals for five years if they fail to comply with the terms of the notice.
“We issued one dog fouling fine in Castle Street in Port Bannatyne last week,” Mr Ferguson said, “but it’s very difficult to issue fines - you have to be in the right place at the right time.
“Dog warden patrols are more about getting people to say ‘you’ll never guess who I met at eleven o’clock last night’, and spreading the message that we’re not a nine-to-five service.”
As we reported last week, Mr Ferguson is to be invited to Bute Community Council’s February meeting to explain more about changes to legislation in May which will see Argyll and Bute Council staff given responsibility for handing out both dog fouling fines and penalties to parking offenders.
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