A spoof of Abba’s Super Trouper is part of a West Yorkshire council’s campaign to warn dog owners of the consequences of failing to scoop after their pets have pooped.
Wakefield Council workers donned Abba-style fancy dress outfits to sing on the Pooper Scooper music video, which is proving a big hit on You Tube.
Coun Maureen Cummings, cabinet member for environment and communities, said: “We’ve made a light-hearted video to highlight an important message in a memorable way.”
Coun Cummings, who appears in the video, added: “We’re delighted with the success of the video and hope it highlights the serious danger to children of dog fouling in a unique and fun way.
“We hope that residents enjoy the video and remember our message to pick up after your dog – any bin will do.”
The council has staged a series of roadshows across the district to drive home the campaign.
Enforcement officers are working with police to step up patrols in areas of Wakefield district where dog fouling has been identified as a problem.
And a string of on-the-spot £50 fines have been handed to a string of errant dog owners.
The council is using campaign posters and flyers in communities across the district to get the message across.
Coun Cummings said: “We are committed to cleaning up our environment but need your help to do so. If you witness someone not picking up after their dog, please report them to our contact centre.
“We are asking people giving a description of both the owner and the dog. We must show these persistent offenders that we will not tolerate this irresponsible behaviour.”
To see the Pooper Scooper video, go to www.youtube.com/wakefieldcouncil.
To report dog fouling, call Wakefield Council’s contact centre on 0845 8 506 506.
COUNCIL’S POOPER SCOOPER FACTFILE
WAKEFIELD Council’s ‘Pooper Scooper’ video has scored just under 1,800 hits since it was posted on You Tube on Monday.
Rising numbers of complaints from the public about dog fouling prompted Wakefield Council to launch a campaign to combat the problem in March of this year.
Since April 1, the local authority has received a total of 167 complaints from the public about dog owners failing to clear up their pets’ mess.
A total of 13 on-the-spot £50 fines have been handed out to dog owners in Wakefield district since April 1.
Roadshows to highlight the problem and to provide the public with information on how to report offenders are taking place across Wakefield district.