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Ipswich Borough Council has joined forces with Keep Britain Tidy to wage war against irresponsible dog owners who do not pick up after their pets.

There are currently around eight million dogs in the UK, producing approximately one million metric tonnes of faeces each year – that’s enough to lay 1,300 Wembley pitches!

Many dog owners responsibly throw away a large proportion of this mess but there are some owners still out there who are prepared to leave their dog’s mess littered on our streets, in our parks and around our countryside.

Dog mess can be thrown in any general litter bin but a recent Keep Britain Tidy survey shows that four out of five respondents are not aware of this.

Keep Britain Tidy today launched its latest campaign to combat the problem, calling on dog owners to bag and bin their dog’s mess as “There’s no such thing as the dog poo fairy”. Phil Barton, Chief Executive of Keep Britain Tidy, said, “Dog fouling is the most offensive type of litter on our streets and is constantly rated as one of the most important issues blighting their local area by the public. 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 is dangerous to our health. Being a responsible dog owner means picking up after your pet. A large percentage of the public are unsure as to where they can bin their dog’s mess – the simple message is any general litter bin.”

In recent years, there has been a growing problem of dog waste bags found hanging on trees, on railings or stuffed in hedges. It would appear that some dog owners are picking up their dog’s mess but are then simply dumping the bags. Keep Britain Tidy’s latest campaign aims to raise awareness that any litter bin can be used to dispose of dog mess.

Ipswich Borough Council is one of 85 partner councils across England who have joined Keep Britain Tidy to clean up their streets and parks from dog mess. Glynis Wood said, “We are pleased to support this campaign, at this time of year the incidents of dog fouling increases and we would appeal to all dog owners to ensure they always clear up their dogs waste, please bag it and bin the poo, any bin will do. I sometimes see dog mess or bags within a few feet of a bin which makes me so cross. Don’t leave a pile or a bag for the dog poo fairy – there’s no such thing!”

Dog fouling is not only unpleasant, but can be dangerous. Fronting the national Keep Britain Tidy campaign is two-year-old Amiee Langdon, who has tragically lost partial sight in her left eye after falling in dog mess last month. Amiee’s mum, Suzanne, is calling on all dog owners to clean up after their pets to prevent anyone else suffering the same fate as Amiee.

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