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Dogs Trust calls on local communities to clean up their dogs' doo

We are a nation of dog lovers, owning over eight million dogs in the UK. With eight million dogs comes a lot of dog waste, in fact the UK dog population produces over 1,000 tonnes of doggy doo a day, that's the equivalent of 200 elephants, three airplanes or 100 double decker buses.

Despite the majority of dog owners being responsible and picking up after their pooch, dog waste remains a prominent and unpleasant issue in the North West. To launch its third annual anti-fouling campaign, The Big Scoop 2015, Dogs Trust and Keep Britain Tidy are calling on councils, communities and local people to unite as ambassadors for the campaign, becoming ‘Scooper Heroes’ and spreading the message to ‘bag it and bin it’.

Dogs Trust is the UK’s largest dog welfare charity and has 22 Education and Community Officers around the UK, including one for Greater Manchester, who visit schools to talk to pupils about being responsible dog owners. Anna Baatz, Dogs Trust Education and Community Officer for Greater Manchester said:

“It’s the small minority of irresponsible dog owners who leave their dog’s mess on footpaths, in parks and green spaces. Many people may not realise that when it comes to disposing of dog waste any public bin will do! Dog owners simply need to pick up their dog waste in a poo bag and place it in any bin.”

Anna is encouraging local pupils and communities to get behind The Big Scoop 2015 campaign and spread the message about responsible dog ownership:

“As part of The Big Scoop campaign we’re getting school pupils to take part in a poster competition. We are encouraging pupils to use their artistic skills to make a poster deterring dog owners from ignoring their dog’s waste and spreading the campaign’s key message. The winning poster will be shared online, and the chosen artist will be awarded with Dogs Trust goodies. All schools will also receive The Big Scoop leaflets, posters, capes, poo bags and rosettes to get young people behind the campaign.”