DOG owners are being urged to clean up their act as a Wigan community has been blighted in recent months with an unpleasant problem.
Councillors Chris Ready and Ron Conway have become increasingly concerned about the amount of dog muck around their Aspull ward - having been informed of the problem by local residents.
Labour representative Coun Ready said: “Most dog owners are responsible but the few spoil it for the rest, it seems, across our ward.
“It is clear we have an issue and catching the culprits is never easy - sometimes residents are uneasy about getting involved in reporting these irresponsible people.
“We are pleading with people to take care and clean up after their dogs.”
Coun Ready added that although some owners do scoop up after their dogs, they then fail to dispose of the bags in the correct manner, creating a “bizarre” problem.
He said: “What seems to be happening is residents use the bags that have been provided by the council and then throw them into the nearby trees.
“This seems bizarre to us, this is going to the trouble of picking it up to then creating an even bigger mess.
“We think people should think of the danger these bags hanging from trees poses for children who may be playing.”
Last year Wigan Council invested in a pilot programme to tackle dog fouling and littering problems across the borough after estimating it costs them £3m to clean up roads, pavements and parks.
Anyone caught failing to pick up after their dog or seen to be blatantly dropping litter can be issued with a £50 fixed penalty notice on the spot if an environmental officer is in attendance.
Council bosses said complaints about dog fouling and littering remained “consistently high” when the 12-month pilot was launched in September.
Coun Ready added: “We have provided dog bags and there are bins around for pet owners to use, there’s no excuse.”