Berkshire

Spray-painting reduces dog fouling by almost three-quarters

Spray-painted dog mess in Slough
Image caption Spray-painting dog mess has resulted in a 72% reduction in dog fouling

Spray-painting dog mess luminous green to shame owners into cleaning up after their pets has reduced fouling by almost three quarters in Slough.

Mess found in four of the town's parks was targeted by Slough council's neighbourhood enforcement teams.

The move comes after the council received complaints about dog fouling.

Warden Ron Dohil said: "Once the dog mess was sprayed it was so noticeable some embarrassed dog owners removed the mess their pet left behind."

The team visited Kedermister Park, Springate Field, Langley Memorial Park and Maplin Park three times a day, spraying more than 400 deposits in total.

'Biggest complaints'

Mr Dohil continued: "Overall, we have achieved a reduction in dog fouling by more than 72% and we're delighted this project has proved to be such a success and well supported by all the dog walkers we spoke to during our visits to the parks."

Satpal Parmar, Slough council's commissioner for environment and open spaces, said: "Dog fouling is one of the biggest complaints we receive from residents. It's extremely unpleasant when it is left in public places and has potential health risks.

"It also costs the council every year to clear the mess."

The council confirmed that regular patrols of the parks will continue.

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