Updated: Monday, 6th July 2020 @ 6:52pm

Stockport dog owners who fall foul of the law targeted via 'text message' in council crackdown

Stockport dog owners who fall foul of the law targeted via 'text message' in council crackdown

By Helen Le Caplain & Kathryn Cummings

Irresponsible dog owners in Stockport are being targeted in a new text message alert crackdown which was launched earlier this month.

Stockport Council has set up a service which allows residents to report, via text message, dog owners who do not clean up after their pets in public areas.

The Dog Warden Service receives approximately 700 fouling complaints each year, and for every complaint received a dog warden will patrol the relevant area.

Councillor Shan Alexander, Executive Member of the Environment, said: “The vast majority of dog owners in Stockport are responsible and clear up after their pet.

“However, this new text message alert system will allow resident to report irresponsible dog owners directly to the Council’s Dog Warden Service.”

Phil Barton, chief executive of Keep Britain Tidy, said that dog fouling is rated as one of the most important issues by the public in their local area.

He said: "Having our streets and parks caked in dog mess is disgusting.

“It looks unsightly, can make areas appear run down, is unpleasant for those who stand in it and can be dangerous to health.

"Being a responsible dog owner means picking up after your pet and putting the bagged mess in any litter bin."

Dog fouling is not only an unsightly mess on the streets, it can also carry a potentially life-threatening infection, toxocara.

The dangers include blindness, lung, liver and intestine damage, and this is something two-year-old Aimee Langdon sadly knows too well.

Last year she was left partially-blind after falling into dog mess at Platt Fields Park in Fallowfield.

Her mother, Suzanne Langdon, called on councils to do more to make owners clean up after their dogs.

She told the BBC: “Dog owners are responsible for their dog’s mess and they’ve got to realise that it can be devastating and wreck lives.”

A Manchester City Council spokesman said that although there is no specific textline for dog fouling residents can lodge a complaint with the council.

He said: “If any Manchester resident has witnessed an incident which they think should be reported, they can contact Manchester City Council in complete confidence, a statement will be taken and the issue investigated.”

If you wish to report a dog fouling complaint in Stockport text: 07624 805662 or alternatively contact the Council’s Dog Warden Service on 0161 474 4207.