Blackburn squad declares war on dog dirt

Roe Lee residents aim to wipe out dog fouling

Roe Lee residents aim to wipe out dog fouling

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MORE than a dozen anti-dog fouling champions have launched Blackburn with Darwen’s drive to stop canine mess disfiguring streets, parks and open land.

The borough this week recruited its first 15 residents in the Roe Lee area to combat the unsightly health hazard which is one of the main complaints from local people.

They will be the first of dozens of community servants to champion responsible dog ownership and be the front line in tackling the blight of dog mess in neighbourhoods across Blackburn with Darwen.

The first ‘Dog Solutions’ training session involved volunteers from Friends of Blackburn Old Cemetery in Whalley New Road, Roe Lee Park Community Association and Pemberton Street residents’ group.

The champions will report incidents, survey areas for fouling, support owners who do pick up their dog’s mess and hand out ‘poop scoop’ bags. Council leader Kate Hollern hopes they will come up with ideas to solve the problem from their experience of tackling the problem.

The volunteers are given training and equipment to fulfil their roles under the council’s ‘Your Call’ community action initiative.

One champion, 32-year-old Jason Walker, who is studying for a degree at the University Centre of Blackburn, said: “I find dog fouling very offensive.

“I feel very strongly that dog fouling should not be tolerated on our streets.

“It is the responsibility of the dog owner or the person in charge to clear up any foul left by their dog. I personally think it’s great that people show they care about the area in which they live and are willing to get out there to help tackle the problem.”

The volunteers will talk to dog walkers, informing them about the seriousness of dog fouling and the possible fines they may incur.

Coun Hollern said: “There are people in the community who are passionate about making their areas cleaner, greener and safer.

“We want to harness that energy. The champions will be the front line in promoting responsible dog ownership.

“We all know that there are a small number of irresponsible pet owners.

“With the community’s help we will continue to crackdown on those who continue to be anti-social.”

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2:56pm Thu 28 Feb 13

juanbbien says...

Well it sure beats watching the sh!t on the Television
Well it sure beats watching the sh!t on the Television juanbbien
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3:24pm Thu 28 Feb 13

RoverTheHill says...

Great.
Religious groups knock on the door to "talk to us about god, informing us of the seriousness of sin and the possible punishment we may incur".

Green parties "talk to us about Global warming, informing us of the seriousness of carbon footprints and the possible disasters we may incur".

An now when we go out the house to get away from all that and give the dog a walk we're going to be targeted by these volunteers to "talk to dog walkers, informing them about the seriousness of dog fouling and the possible fines they may incur".

How about you target the people who are letting their dogs do it instead of everyone? We've got enough going on!
Great. Religious groups knock on the door to "talk to us about god, informing us of the seriousness of sin and the possible punishment we may incur". Green parties "talk to us about Global warming, informing us of the seriousness of carbon footprints and the possible disasters we may incur". An now when we go out the house to get away from all that and give the dog a walk we're going to be targeted by these volunteers to "talk to dog walkers, informing them about the seriousness of dog fouling and the possible fines they may incur". How about you target the people who are letting their dogs do it instead of everyone? We've got enough going on! RoverTheHill
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3:43pm Thu 28 Feb 13

midas says...

Will they be apporoaching the surley youth with his pit bull or the middle aged housewife with the labrador?
Will they be apporoaching the surley youth with his pit bull or the middle aged housewife with the labrador? midas
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4:27pm Thu 28 Feb 13

LancashireFramebox says...

Please just clear up the flaming Canal pathway. Walking along their, it's like playing 'avoid the dog poo!'
Please just clear up the flaming Canal pathway. Walking along their, it's like playing 'avoid the dog poo!' LancashireFramebox
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4:27pm Thu 28 Feb 13

LancashireFramebox says...

*there
*there LancashireFramebox
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5:57pm Thu 28 Feb 13

prince of darkness says...

I fail to understand the dog owners who collect the dog mess,put into plastic bags. These should be placed into correct bins. The plastic does not rot can cause death to other animals. Like wise anyone who throws plastic bottles away after drinking contents. If you bring it take it home, dispose of it correctly.
I fail to understand the dog owners who collect the dog mess,put into plastic bags. These should be placed into correct bins. The plastic does not rot can cause death to other animals. Like wise anyone who throws plastic bottles away after drinking contents. If you bring it take it home, dispose of it correctly. prince of darkness
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8:23pm Thu 28 Feb 13

Ronnietate says...

To the person going by "RoverTheHill" You say, "How about you target the people who are letting their dogs do it instead of everyone". Is that not what they are doing? Im sure it will be the local chav with his pit bull, trying to make him think he is more of a man, that is letting his dog do it.
To the person going by "RoverTheHill" You say, "How about you target the people who are letting their dogs do it instead of everyone". Is that not what they are doing? Im sure it will be the local chav with his pit bull, trying to make him think he is more of a man, that is letting his dog do it. Ronnietate
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11:37pm Thu 28 Feb 13

Major Tom says...

They be busy down that Nuttall St way after every home game.
They be busy down that Nuttall St way after every home game. Major Tom
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11:43pm Thu 28 Feb 13

Major Tom says...

What about those flea bitten feline things!!! They're always issing and sitting all over my garden.
What about those flea bitten feline things!!! They're always issing and sitting all over my garden. Major Tom
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10:38am Fri 1 Mar 13

Harrold Monk says...

This looks like quite an exciting way to meet new people.
This looks like quite an exciting way to meet new people. Harrold Monk
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11:00am Fri 1 Mar 13

RoverTheHill says...

Ronnietate wrote:
To the person going by "RoverTheHill" You say, "How about you target the people who are letting their dogs do it instead of everyone". Is that not what they are doing? Im sure it will be the local chav with his pit bull, trying to make him think he is more of a man, that is letting his dog do it.
You can say that but I know many of these characters who are actually responsible dog owners. I myself have a new Rotti pup (after our previous rescue-Rotti passed on) and could fall into a similar category as the people you describe. I'm not a chav, jeans all the way thank you, but I am still rather young and don't want to be stopped by people reminding me to pick up my dog's mess?

I completely back the idea of cleaning the streets and perhaps putting up more notices, or collaring people caught leaving the mess, but to talk to all dog owners (an whether you like it or not, they will target people like myself) is a bit much.
[quote][p][bold]Ronnietate[/bold] wrote: To the person going by "RoverTheHill" You say, "How about you target the people who are letting their dogs do it instead of everyone". Is that not what they are doing? Im sure it will be the local chav with his pit bull, trying to make him think he is more of a man, that is letting his dog do it.[/p][/quote]You can say that but I know many of these characters who are actually responsible dog owners. I myself have a new Rotti pup (after our previous rescue-Rotti passed on) and could fall into a similar category as the people you describe. I'm not a chav, jeans all the way thank you, but I am still rather young and don't want to be stopped by people reminding me to pick up my dog's mess? I completely back the idea of cleaning the streets and perhaps putting up more notices, or collaring people caught leaving the mess, but to talk to all dog owners (an whether you like it or not, they will target people like myself) is a bit much. RoverTheHill
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1:30pm Sun 3 Mar 13

britguy says...

Go round Entwhislte reservoir, the trees look like they are growing dog **** with the amount of bags they throw into them.
Go round Entwhislte reservoir, the trees look like they are growing dog **** with the amount of bags they throw into them. britguy
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