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Leith Links Says 'No' To Irresponsible Dog Owners

posted 26 Mar 2009, 07:32 by myEdinburgh Admin   [ updated 26 Mar 2009, 07:32 ]
Irresponsible dog owners and walkers have been the scourge of Leith Links too long and next week a crackdown will see extra resources deployed to hold them responsible for their actions. In a joint initiative, members of Lothian and Borders Police, Environmental Wardens on both day and night shifts, CCTV van operators and pupils of Leith Primary will be getting the message to those responsible for dogs who use the area that they must be responsible and clean up after their pets.

Extra resources are being put in place to raise awareness of the law. And to make people aware that the health of the children who use the park is at risk because of a few people's irresponsible actions.

Eilidh Mackay (11) said "You are playing a part in spoiling our Links and we would like you to stop it"

Councillor Norman Work, has welcomed the crackdown saying, "Dog owners need to be aware that by not cleaning up after their pets they are putting people's health at risk. Nevermind the seriousness of this, it is also unsightly, smelly and downright disgusting, especially if you have the misfortune to walk into it. People need to know we'll be watching them and they will get fined it they're caught."

Constable George Nisbet of Lothian and Borders Police said, "We will be working with the Council to make sure that dog walkers that use the park get the idea that they are breaking the law if they don't clear up after their pets. We'll be talking to dog walker to make sure they are aware of their responsibilities but we won't hesitate to fine those that break the law."

All dog owners and walkers across the city as well as users of Leith Links should be warned that if they are caught leaving dog dirt in public spaces they will be fined. This is the case all year round.

Source: The City of Edinburgh Council