CENTRAL OKANAGAN — The Regional District of Central Okanagan (RDCO) is talking “number 2” after a series of complaints about dog poop in local parks.
“It’s one of the biggest problems we have in the Central Okanagan and municipal partners in their parks,” says Regional District of Central Okanagan Communications Officer, Bruce Smith.
And it’s a problem the RDCO is looking to tackle with a brand new initiative, budgeted at approximately $20,000.
Two paid dog ambassadors along with 25 volunteers will act as the “poop patrol” visiting local parks and beaches this summer to educate dog owners on their responsibilities.
The RDCO has also plastered cleverly coined signs in 29 regional parks as a friendly reminder to pick up after your pet.
If you don’t pick up after your pet and you get caught by a bylaw officer, you will pay the price — a $150 fine from the Regional District.
“Dog poop is a problem. We need to as a community and dog owners step up and be responsible,” says Smith.
The ambassadors will also be educating on the importance of having your dog on a leash.