DIRTY dog owners have been targeted by a council and police campaign to stamp out animal fouling in the countryside.
Ryhill Parish Council and local residents joined forces with Wakefield Council’s street scene services and enforcement section and the neighbourhood policing team (NPT) to tackle the issue.
They gathered together at Ryhill Stray, a public green-space area off Mill Lane, on Monday to pinpoint problem areas.
Parish councillor Gloria Booth organised the event.
She said: “Lots of hours and hard work went into developing this area as a nice green place to walk, sit or play, not only by members of the council but by caring parishioners.
“Now irresponsible dog owners who do not clean up are causing the area to be a health hazard - not only to children but to other animals.
“People who own and love their dogs should clean up after them.”
The team will be at the stray again on Monday to hand out leaflets and doggy bags to encourage dog owners to clean up after their pets and look after their village.
The leaflets will highlight the dangers and health risks related to dog fouling.
The council’s environment team will also be clearing the site of dog mess so that the parish council - which owns the stray - can monitor how effective the initiative has been.
There will also be an opportunity to get your dog chipped for £10 by Wakefield Council’s dog warden service.
The event will run from 10am until 3pm.