The fight against dog poo gets a new weapon

Friends of Langmead's Dave Stevens, left, and John Heaver with the spray cans D14501671a

Friends of Langmead's Dave Stevens, left, and John Heaver with the spray cans D14501671a

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A NEW spray is proving a powerful weapon in the battle to rid the area’s streets and parks of dog poo.

Neighbourhood watch and community groups in the area have been trialling a special luminous spray paint to highlight persistent fouling – literally.

The paint, which is a bright yellow, can be used to encircle the excrement to not only make it easier to avoid but to also shame lazy owners who don’t pick up their pet’s filth.

Councillor Terence Chapman, cabinet member for environmental services at Arun District Council – which provides the spray – said: “This imaginative and eye-catching initiative is another positive example of partnership working between the council and the community. The overwhelming majority of dog owners are responsible people who ‘clean up’ after their pets but, unfortunately there are some who do not and in some parts of the district this is a significant and annoying problem. Leaving dog excrement in the street, in parks or in open spaces poses a health risk to humans and to other animals and the people responsible for it ought not to be allowed to keep dogs.”

The public is being urged to report dog fouling offences to Arun’s cleansing team on 01903 737 754 or cleansing@arun.gov.uk