More dog owners are getting the bag it and bin it message when it comes to picking up after their pets. Dog owners can pick up free bags at Medway Council Contact Points, libraries and community hubs. It seems more are doing so with an extra 1,500 more being handed out per month in 2011 compared to 2010 – a total of 9,500 a month.

There are also more than 700 dog bins in Medway and if there is not one nearby people can use an ordinary public bin, as long as the poop is bagged. Earlier this year, Medway Council launched a campaign to encourage residents to make a trip to the dog bin part of their pooch’s routine when out walking. The campaign centred on a 1930s style black and white video starring Dave the dog – a cocker spaniel more up to speed than his owner when it came to cleaning up after himself.

The video – which can still be seen at www.medway.gov.uk/bagitbinit – forms part of Medway Council’s Bag it and Bin it campaign. It aims to encourage dog owners to think of other residents and clear up after their pets. After all, no one likes to find those tell tale doggy signs on their shoes, picnic rug or, even worse, their child’s hands.

The video offered a light-hearted take on a serious issue as dog fouling is potentially harmful to people’s health – particularly children – and is unpleasant for anyone who wants to enjoy Medway’s green and open spaces.

Cllr Mike O’Brien, the Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and Customer Contact, said: “The vast majority of dog owners in Medway are mindful of other people and do clean up after their dogs and I am pleased that so many more people are using the free bags we have. “I would urge all dog owners to clean up after their pets and help keep Medway parks and open spaces clean and pleasant for all to use.”

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