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Flags stuck into dog mess on path

Dog fouling campaign launch
The volunteers with flags counted 157 bits of dog mess

Volunteers have highlighted the scale of the dog fouling problem in Bonnybridge by sticking flags into every single bit of mess near a path.

The group counted 157 faeces on the grass beside the path which runs between Greenhill Road and Roman Road.

The event was part of a campaign by Falkirk Council to try to shock owners into clearing up after their pets.

Graphic posters of people standing in dog dirt and a baby about to crawl into it will also be used.

The slogan Shameful, Filthy, Selfish appears on the bus shelter posters and billboards.

The council said a tough message was needed to tackle the tough problem they were having to deal with.

The authority added that, despite giving out 2.6 million free dog waste bags in 2008 and the presence of 312 dedicated dog mess bins, the problem continued to be widespread.

The council receives about 450 complaints about dog fouling each year.

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