Launch of Take the Lead on Dog Fouling schools initiative
Skene Square School pupils were the first to hear about a new initiative to tackle the issue of dog fouling in Aberdeen today [Monday 01 September].
Organised by Aberdeen City Council's environmental health service and city wardens, the Take the Lead on Dog Fouling schools initiative aims to educate P5 pupils - the next generation of dog owners - on how to be responsible dog owners.
Scoop the dog was joined by representatives from environmental health and city wardens at the launch.
Backed with a poster and leaflet campaign Scoop will visit schools during Scooptember to recruit pupils as Scoop Troops so they can highlight the issue of dog fouling in the area around their schools, and promote responsible dog ownership amongst their families and friends.
Aberdeen City Council's convener of Housing and Environment Councillor Neil Cooney said: "Dog fouling is a blight on our streets, green spaces and communities. There is no excuse for not picking up after your pet. It is a criminal offence to allow your dog to foul public areas. Dog mess can contain some very nasty bacteria which can lead to serious illness and blindness in children.
"Scooptember is a fantastic initiative which will help education people to be responsible dog owners and make our city a nicer, clear place to walk and play in."
Scoop also hopes that the children will learn the Scoop it Up rap, which goes:
Scoop the Dog is mean, and clean,
It's our home City it's Aberdeen,
Scoop it up Scoop it up
Yea Yea Scoop it up.