CnES have recently begun a crackdown on dog fouling in Stornoway and the surrounding area, painting “clean up after your dog” reminders on our streets, and charging people £80 when found leaving their dog mess behind.

A spokesperson from CnES said: “There has been a lot of feedback from the campaign so far with lots of support via social media, and officers have been patrolling areas highlighted.  Requests have been made for more dog waste bins however owners are reminded that bagged dog waste can be put in any residual waste bin.”

And it’s not all about how unsightly the mess is – it also poses health risks to people and other animals.  Dog faeces can contain campylobacter, salmonella and other potentially harmful organisms, which can contaminate wounds and broken skin, as well as causing other serious illnesses in humans.  Dog faeces can also be detrimental to livestock, causing the disease sarcocystosis, which can cause neurological disease and death in sheep, as well as the disease neosporosis, which can cause abortions in cattle. 

Although the focus is largely on the Town Centre as a problem area for dog fouling, beaches and pathways have been highlighted, too.  Dog mess is often left on the sand and pathways; some owners appear to be bagging the faeces but then leaving the bag lying around rather than putting in a bin. 

Charlie Nicolson, Councillor for Stornoway South and Chair of the Outer Hebrides Community Safety Partnership, stated: “Dog fouling is becoming an issue in the town of Stornoway and other areas of the islands.  We even had the issue raised at one of our recent meetings of the OHCSP.  The majority of pet owners behave responsibly but I would please ask the minority of dog owners who are causing the issue of dog fouling with their pets to please look after the environment of the town, beaches and pathways, and clean up after their dogs, and keep our islands free of this issue.

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CnES urges the public to look out for instances of dog fouling, and report them.  You can get in touch with Consumer & Environmental Services by calling 01851 822694 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..