Pupils urged to join poop-scoop week

THE Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, is calling on schools across the country to show their support for responsible dog ownership by backing the Paws up for Poop Scoop campaign. Poop Scoop Week runs nationwide from 25th – 31st July 2011 and encourages dog owners to demonstrate responsible dog ownership and pick up after their dogs.

Children across Scotland are being urged to remind dog owners to scoop the poop. Taking part is easy, go to www.poopscoopweek.co.uk <http://www.poopscoopweek.co.uk/> and click on Paws up for Poop Scoop, custom made leaflets and posters can also be designed and displayed in and around the schools. Why not also work with local authorities, shopping centres or veterinary centres and get all the community putting their Paws up for Poop Scoop.

Clarissa Baldwin, Dogs Trust chief executive, said: “We want Poop Scoop Week to be about saying thank you and well done to the millions of well-behaved dog owners, but also to remind the irresponsible minority that their dog can’t pick up after itself.

“Children are the dog owners of the future and we are calling on them to put their Paws up for Poop Scoop. If every dog owner fulfils their duty we can all look forward to summer strolls and picnics in parks free from the worry of dog poop! If everybody remembers the importance of picking up after your dog – we will be amazed at the difference we can make.”

Dog fouling is a problem the charity is determined to tackle. The campaign slogan ‘Bag it and Bin it’ is a simple reminder to all dog owners:

BAG IT – Once your dog’s poop has been scooped, carefully turn the plastic bag inside out and your dogs mess will then be ‘bagged’.

BIN IT - Dispose of your bag in any litter bin provided (don’t leave it lying around). Contrary to popular belief, dog waste can be put into a public litter bin if a specific dog waste bin is not provided.

Everybody should get in touch with their Local Authority to find out their local Poop Scoop Week itinerary of events. To find out more visit www.poopscoopweek.co.uk and click on ‘Paws up for Poop Scoop.’

Failing to pick up after your dog can result in an on-the-spot fine of up to £1000 and prosecution under the Fouling of Land Act, 1996.