A Sheffield campaign which aims to combat dog fouling across the city has introduced new signs around parks, housing land and streets.
The council’s Clean Sheffield campaign is working alongside national organisation Keep Britain Tidy to urge dog owners to pick up after their pets.
The new signs – which have been trialled in the city before and helped to reduce the number of dog fouling incidents by 76 per cent – show a pair of reflective eyes with the slogan, ‘Thoughtless dog owners - we are watching you.’ To support the signs, school pupils have been learning about the effect dog fouling has on a community. The mess carries harmful bacteria which can contaminate the soil and be harmful to humans. If owners pick up after their dogs and dispose of it immediately, it removes the risk of those harmful bacteria infecting the soil.
Coun Terry Fox, cabinet member for environment and transport, said: “We know that the majority of dog walkers do clean up after their dogs and we would like to thank those who are behaving in a responsible way.
“However, for those who do not pick up after their dogs we would like to remind them of the effects this has on a community and the health risks this carries. We do have many dog bins across the city that dog walkers can use to dispose of their waste and if there is not a bin near you, then please take this home and dispose of it in your own bin.
“We also want the public to report any dog walkers they see who do not pick up after their dogs.”
Dog owners in Endcliffe Park were sceptical that the signs would make a difference in encouraging owners to pick up after their pets.
Kathrine Dyde, aged 39, of Collegiate Crescent, Broomhall, said: “Signs won’t help. I think everyone knows they have to do it but they might leave it if no one is looking,
Wendy Watkinson, aged 44, of Intake said: “It is just common sense. You just pick it up and put it into the bin.”
Sonny Burrell, aged 66, of Heeley, said: “It’s just laziness. People should bring poo bags out with them.”
The signs are sited in Meersbrook Park, Frecheville Pond, Endcliffe Park, Hillsborough Park, Cookson Park, Mortomley Park, Arbourthorne Playing Field, Kiln Street, Marples Drive, Myrtle Road, Lower Wincobank, Stubbin/Brushes Estate, Greenland Walk/Firshill, Clayton Hollow/Ochre Dike, Delver Terrace, Low Edges Road, Kinsey Road and Charles Square.