Clean-up scheme’s paw-fect

Fleetwood dog walkers who are piloting a scheme which will see dogs walking round with green bandanas to remind errant dog owners that they should be picking up their dog muck.
Fleetwood dog walkers who are piloting a scheme which will see dogs walking round with green bandanas to remind errant dog owners that they should be picking up their dog muck.

RESPONSIBLE pet owners are aiming to clear Fleetwood’s streets of dog mess – and they hope more dog owners will join their campaign.

They are launching the Green Dog Walkers Scheme – aiming at a quiet revolution to persuade rogue owners to pick up after their dogs.

Animals whose owners have taken the green dog walker’s pledge will wear green bandanas as reminder to other owners to act responsibly.

The owners will also give plastic poop bags to anyone they see who may not have one of them.

The scheme began in Falkirk, Scotland, in 2008, and has since spread throughout Scotland.

Fleetwood is one of the first English towns to adopt the scheme which could soon be adopted across the whole of Wyre.

Dog mess has been identified by Wyre residents as one of the key problems they would like to see tackled, and this scheme is one solution.

Driving the idea of the Green Walkers Scheme has been Fleetwood-based vet Elizabeth Ormerod of the Mount Surgery.

She said: “I am very excited about it and the response from dog owners has been very positive.

“We have had people coming into the surgery wanting to know if they can sign up even before we started.

“The scheme is just a quiet reminder to people about being responsible.

“I think dog walkers will get the message.

“Dog walkers as a whole have been shown to be a responsible group of people.

“But we have a minority who are not picking up after their pets and we will help everybody by addressing that problem.”

Mrs Ormerod expects to quickly get through the first 150 green bandanas made by a sewing group at Larkholme Community Centre.

Walkers joining up pledge to clean up after their dogs and encourage others to do the same in a non-confrontational way.

Wyre Council has paid the necessary £500 registration fee to Falkirk Council.

A spokeswoman said: “We believe it will promote responsible dog ownership and send out a clear message to the community that we are working together to reduce irresponsible dog fouling.”