Residents have been seeing red – and blue and yellow – over dog fouling with the launch of a council campaign to combat the problem.
Since Monday, officers from Corby Council’s environmental services team have been patrolling the streets for dog fouling hotspots, using an unusual method to highlight the social sin.
Officers have been spraying offending waste in bright colours to make it stand out and hammer home the message that dog owners should be responsible and clear up after their pet dogs.
During the week they visited Gretton, East Carlton Country Park and Humber Walk and Stephenson Way in Corby.
They will be back in the same areas tomorrow to spray any additional waste a different colour.
The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of the problem of dog fouling and encourage dog owners to be responsible for mess from their pets.
Corby Council’s lead member for environment, Cllr Paul Beattie, said: “There are only a small number of dog owners who are irresponsible and who don’t clean up behind their dogs.
“We want them to realise just what they are leaving behind in their community by visually highlighting it to them on the streets.
“We hope that this, along with a prize draw and handing out free dog waste bags, will give those that don’t bag it the incentive to start and those who already do, the chance to be rewarded for their actions.”
Water-based, environmentally friendly, coloured spray has been used during the week-long campaign and the council will ensure all dog waste is cleared away once it is finished.
Corby Council says it recognises that most dog owners are already behaving responsibly, clearing up after their pets, and it has decided to use the campaign as an opportunity to reward people who pick up after their pets.
While they have been out on patrol, officers have been giving owners who don’t allow their dogs to foul in public places a ticket to enter a draw.
The prize is £50, which is the cost of a fixed penalty fine for dog fouling.
Four lucky winners will receive prizes, which is thanks to Kier Street Services which has sponsored the draw.
Officers were also in the town centre today giving out free dog waste bags and offering information on micro-chipping.
Dog fouling is one of the most offensive types of litter on Britain’s streets and is consistently raised as a public concern.
The highest level of dog fouling is reported in residential areas.