Dogs Trust has launched its second dog fouling campaign and asked the dog owners of tomorrow to express their views.

The British dog population has risen to almost nine million in the past two years. To kick off the campaign, youngsters were invited to make a video voicing their views.

Elvira Meucci-Lyons, Dogs Trust head of education and community, said: “As our video shows, dog poo is a source of much amusement for our children, but they are also very aware of the dangers of not ‘bagging and binning it’ and have some very ingenious solutions for what should happen to those people who don’t pick up.

“Dogs Trust has always strongly supported the message for responsible dog ownership and our team of 22 education and community officers visit schools across the UK to pass the message to the dog owners of tomorrow.”

The dog welfare charity also surveyed around 7,000 people between May and June this year, which revealed 70 per cent of respondents thought local authority fines should be increased.

Around 42 per cent surveyed believed dog waste could only be disposed of in special dog waste bins and two-thirds would approach someone who tried to get away without cleaning up after their pet.

Ms Meucci-Lyons, added: “We urge people to remember if they want to take on a dog and enjoy the fun playtimes, then they must be prepared to scoop the poop too.”

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