Council posts dog mess back to owners


Dog owners who failed to scoop up their pets poop received a nasty surprise package in the Spanish town of Brunete.

The town council posted dog mess back to offending dog owners in an official box marked 'Lost Property'.

The council of Brunete, a small town located 20 miles west of Madrid, launched the campaign in February to crack down on irresponsible dog owners, according to a report in the Telegraph.

Volunteers patrolled the town's streets on the lookout for dog owners who left behind their pet's excrement. They reportedly approached the guilty owners and struck up a casual conversation to discover the name of their dogs.

"With the name of the dog and the breed it was possible to identify the owner from the registered pet database held in the town hall," explained a spokesman from the council.

The Telegraph reports that 147 "express poop" deliveries were made during the week-long campaign and the town has since reported a 70% drop in the amount of dog mess found in its streets.

Dog mess campaigns
Dog fouling blights many a park and popular walking route throughout the UK and councils here have stepped up campaigns and patrols this spring to help eradicate the problem.

Concerns are rife over the health risks of dog mess, which can be particularly dangerous to children. Toxocariasis is a disease caused by the eggs of the roundworm toxocara which can be passed from dogs to humans through contact with the animal faeces.

In Devon last month, dog-fouling hotspots were spray-painted in a bid to get people to clean-up after their pets. The campaign aimed to "remind dog owners of their responsibilities", Councillor Iain Chubb, of East Devon District Council told the BBC.

In Boston, Lincolnshire, a new campaign launched last month posting small flags to indicate where dogs have been and where their owners have not cleaned up after them. The flags warn of a £75 fine for dog-owners who flout the rules.

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