Scooperheroes out in force to help prevent dog fouling

SUPER EFFORT From left: Stuart Williamson, Environmental Services Officer (Spiderman), Neil Burton, Animal Welfare Officer (Batman), Jen Rowberry, Animal Welfare Officer (Wonderwoman), Justine Allingham, Environmental Services Officer (Supergirl), and Cllr Dean Philips (Superman)
SUPER EFFORT From left: Stuart Williamson, Environmental Services Officer (Spiderman), Neil Burton, Animal Welfare Officer (Batman), Jen Rowberry, Animal Welfare Officer (Wonderwoman), Justine Allingham, Environmental Services Officer (Supergirl), and Cllr Dean Philips (Superman)
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UNLIKELY heroes descended on the district to tackle an ongoing problem.

“Scooperheroes” were out in force as part of a fight against dog owners who let their pets foul.

Volunteers from East Hampshire District Council joined in with the Dogs’ Trust’s national campaign, The Big Scoop, to emphasise the importance of cleaning up after your dog.

The team visited Alton, Petersfield, and Horndean during the week, handing out bags and information about dog ownership.

They were joined by their sidekicks Scooperpup and Wonderdog – also known as Zeiva and Jess, owned by EHDC Animal Welfare officer Jen Rowberry.

Jen, dressed as Wonderwoman, said: ‘We wanted to reinforce the message that looking after your dog is a great responsibility and that not only do you have to care for them but you must clean up after them too.

‘There is a host of health issues that can arise from dog faeces but it so easy to resolve.

‘Simply bag your dog’s poo and pop it into any bin.

‘We had a lot of heroes in our team today but our two dogs were the real stars.

‘People couldn’t resist coming over and saying hello and that really helped us get our message across.’

In May East Hampshire District Council launched an anti-litter campaign, encompassing dog fouling, by deploying two Litter Enforcement Officers to patrol parts of the district.

Residents who drop litter, including cigarette butts and chewing gum, face a £75 fine while those who allow their dogs to foul face a £50 fine.

Councillor Dean Philips, Superman for the day, said: ‘This is a fun way for us to get a serious message across.

‘It’s important people realise that allowing your dog to foul is not just anti-social but it is also against the law.

‘If people do not clear up after their dogs and are spotted by either our Animal Welfare Officers or our recently deployed Litter Enforcement Officers, they will be fined £50.’