Dog poo bag dispensers latest weapon in bid to tidy up Carlisle
The latest battle in the war on dog fouling in Carlisle has been launched.
New bag dispensers, for people to use so they can clear up after their pets, will soon be available in two areas in the city.
Two are being installed - one in Denton Holme and another in Stanwix - later this month.
The trial has been set up by Carlisle City Council as part of its Keep Carlisle Clean campaign.
It is the latest move in a bid to tackle the scourge of dog mess and fly-tipping around the city.
The council's efforts to crack down on offenders and stamp out the issue has recently led to a number of prosecutions in the magistrates' court.
The latest signage includes a message to dog owners and warns them that they could be fined if they do not ‘bag and bin’ their dog’s waste.
Dog owners will be able to pick up free biodegradable bags from the dispenser.
Chris Southward, the authority's portfolio holder for environment and transport, said: “We want to Keep Carlisle Clean.
"The new dog poo bag dispensers will be installed in a couple of trial areas and if they prove useful and reduce the amount of dog fouling, we will look to extend the initiative to other parts of the district.
"No community should have to put up with streets and green spaces polluted with dog fouling.
"Not only is it a health hazard, it is also an unsightly mess.
"We need residents and businesses to work alongside us to tackle litter, dog fouling and other anti-social behaviour.”
To report dog fouling, email Carlisle City Council at firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively call 01228 817200.
The penalty for not clearing up dog fouling can be up to £1,000.