Dog fouling on Duns paths remains an issue

The maximum fine, as this sign says, for failing to clean up after your dog is �500 - but this only applies if you refuse to pay and the case is taken to court. The initial penalty is �40, rising to �60 if not paid in 28 days.
The maximum fine, as this sign says, for failing to clean up after your dog is �500 - but this only applies if you refuse to pay and the case is taken to court. The initial penalty is �40, rising to �60 if not paid in 28 days.

The issue of dog-fouling in Duns has again been brought to the attention of the town’s Community Council.

At the council’s September meeting, members of the public complained about not just the leaving of dog mess on the town’s paths and walkways, but that some dog owners were not disposing of bagged dog dirt properly, often leaving it hanging from trees or fences.

Andrew Mitchell, chair of Duns Community Council, said the problem was particularly evident on the pathways towards the Duns Castle estate.

“It’s not as if there aren’t buckets available, and ways of disposing of the mess,” he said.

“What we have to bear in mind as well is that it’s not just unsavoury - the bags themselves with the dog dirt in them are an attraction to, and danger to, livestock and wild animals.”