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Prizes for picking up dog mess

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Rewards are the latest initiative aimed at combating dog fouling

Rewards are to be offered to pet owners who pick up and properly dispose of their dogs' mess in Inverness.

Over the next three months Highland Council enforcement officers will hand out vouchers to "responsible owners".

The vouchers can be exchanged at a vets surgery for worming tablets, aimed at cutting dog roundworm infections.

Most parklands in the city are thought to be contaminated with dog roundworm, which poses a risk to human health, particularly among children.

Sonia Howell, manager of Crown Vets which is a partner in the scheme, said: "Dog faeces are a known risk for the development of disease in people, particularly children, but fortunately this is easy to prevent by removing dog waste from public areas and by regular treatment of dogs with an effective wormer."

Inverness provost Jimmy Gray said rewarding pet owners was an excellent idea.

He added: "Although our enforcement officers will be looking to reward considerate pet owners who clear up after their dogs, they will also be on the look out at the same time for irresponsible owners."

Young mothers

Tackling dog fouling is a major issue for the council.

In May, a joint police and environmental health patrols were launched in an effort to combat dog fouling and littering in an area of Inverness.

Northern Constabulary and Highland Council took the action following concerns from the community council and locals about the state of Hilton.

Those caught fly tipping, dropping litter or not cleaning up after their pets face fines of up to £50.

Earlier this year it was reported that three young mothers with children were among 11 people issued with fixed penalty notices in the Highlands for not cleaning up after their pets.

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