Scilly Kids’ Posters To Encourage Pet Owners To Scoop Up

From left to right: Shea, age 8, from St Mary’s who drew one of the posters, with Maggie Perkovic and Cllr Steve Sims.

From left to right: Shea, age 8, from St Mary’s who drew one of the posters, with Maggie Perkovic and Cllr Steve Sims.

You wouldn’t do it, so don’t let your dog foul the footpaths and public areas. That’s the message from the chair of the General Purposes Committee, Cllr Steve Sims.

He’s backed a new poster campaign designed to raise awareness of the need to clean up dog mess.

Dog fouling remains one of the biggest concerns amongst St Marys locals.

Last year two-thirds of the 151 islanders surveyed by the Community Safety Partnership said they’ve had enough of dog owners who don’t clear up after their pets.

Apart from being unpleasant and anti-social, the Council wants to warn of the health risks. Human can go blind following contact with infected faeces containing roundworm.

A poster competition was launched to create awareness of the issue after Dog Warden Maggie Perkovic went into school to address pupils.

The contest generated 40 entries from children aged between 5 and 14. Ten winners were chosen and David McBride has professionally printed their designs.

Their entries have now been placed in a book at the TIC.

The Council has the power to issue £100 fines to people that don’t clear up after their dogs.

They had planned to introduce on-the-spot tickets for owners and began talks over training wardens, in partnership with the Wildlife Trust and Duchy of Cornwall, back in 2009.

But the plan was dropped days before members were expected to vote on it, because of legal concerns.

In Autumn 2011, Sergeant Colin Taylor warned that he wouldn’t hesitate to issue a ticket if he caught someone allowing their dog to foul the pavement.

He can act under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. But there have been no prosecutions or fines by police or the Council to date.

You can view all the posters here.



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