Radio campaign for dog mess

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THE LATEST national radio campaign from Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) began last week, focussing on the issues surrounding dog waste, as part of ongoing work to publicise access rights and the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

Kirstin Guthrie, SNH Communications Officer said: “Our radio campaign introduces the character ‘Jess’ - a wise border collie - who helps dispel some myths, as well as highlight how not cleaning up after your dog can kill livestock and encourage other people to think badly of you and your dog.”

Stephen Jenkinson, Kennel Club Access Advisor added: “Most dog owners understandably tend to be very protective of their dogs, treating them as part of the family and so cleaning up after their pet, wherever they are, is second nature.

“But some owners still get their dogs a bad name by not picking up in places ranging from city parks and paths to informal tracks across fields in the countryside. Worse still, some owners leave bagged poo hanging from trees or on the ground. To reduce this problem, we want people to know that if there’s no dedicated dog bin, bagged poo can go in any general litter bin.”

Scotland enjoys some of the most advanced countryside access rights in the world. These access rights apply to anyone walking their dogs provided they’re kept under proper control. The Scottish Outdoor Access Code includes practical advice for dog owners on where they can go and what they can do. This advice becomes particularly relevant as spring approaches, when it’s important to properly control dogs to protect young farm animals and ground-nesting birds.