In a ‘startling’ revelation a Freedom of Information request has show there have been more than 5,000 complaints of dog fouling in the last six years in Renfrewshire. 

Upon hearing the figures a councillor is calling for tougher punishments for those caught (I guess he means the owners, not the dogs).

The Gazette reports:

MORE than 5,000 complaints of dog fouling have been made to Renfrewshire Council in six years – including 1,018 this year alone, startling new figures reveal.

The latest figure is on course to be DOUBLE the number for the whole of 2011, with 80 dog owners receiving £40 fixed penalties so far this year and 56 warning letters being issued.

Disgusted residents are now calling for more to be done to tackle lazy owners who allow their pets to foul the area’s parks and pavements.


I am a journalist and author. I am a journalist at the UK edition of WIRED magazine. In 2015, my first book Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. My second book Reed Hastings: Building Netflix, was published in March 2020. I created FOI Directory in 2012 and have maintained it in my spare time ever since.