A ‘Pink Poo Patrol’ has been pounding the pavements of Chester in a colourful campaign to highlight unsightly mess and cut down on dog fouling.
Sanctuary Housing teamed up with Dogs Trust and local police community support officers for the walkabout in Lache.
Equipped with cans of eco-friendly temporary paint, they sprayed any dog mess they found bright pink, raising awareness among members of the public and highlighting hot-spots to encourage dog owners to clean up after their pets.
The initiative is backed by Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWAC), which is sending out its environmental services team to clean up any mess highlighted.
The patrol was the first of several planned for the area and took place as part of a wider community event organised by Sanctuary and Dogs Trust to promote responsible dog ownership.
Taking place at Lache Community Centre, it offered expert advice for owners as well as free microchipping, nail clipping and basic health checks for their pets.
Michele Payne, Sanctuary’s resident involvement manager, said: “Our ‘Pink Poo Patrol’ is a colourful and eye-catching way to raise awareness and encourage all dog owners to take responsibility for cleaning up after their pets.
“We hope residents will back the campaign and help us make our neighbourhoods cleaner places to live.”
Michelle Moat, Dogs Trust north east campaigns officer, added: “Cleaning up after your pet is simple to do, only takes a moment and is an integral part of responsible dog ownership.”
This initiative is part-funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.