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Councillors on Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee have unanimously supported tougher measures on dog-owners who fail to clean up after their pets.

The new move will see an increase in the number of officers trained and authorised to serve fixed penalty notices, and local residents encouraged to report offenders.

The Council’s Environmental Health Service is to promote a Clean Dog-Walking Campaign, working with Community Planning partners, local communities and other partners.

Free dog waste bags are to be made available from a greater range of Council offices, and consideration will be given to the installation of more dog waste bins where appropriate.

Councillor for Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside Geva Blackett has previously called for tougher action on owners who allow their animals to foul.

She said: “Councillors all too often receive complaints of dog fouling... Failing to clean up dog faeces is an offence for which owners can receive a £40 fine, but my understanding is that less than 50 notices have been issued... I am therefore very pleased that a more determined approach has now been agreed.”