Published: 17/05/2017 19:00 - Updated: 16/05/2017 14:51

Duo clean up Inverness park plagued with dog mess

Written byBy Rachel Treasurer

Owners of Pooper Scoopers, Richard Perrins and Richie Mason, cleaned up Milton Pitches after running a Facebook competition.
Owners of Pooper Scoopers, Richard Perrins and Richie Mason, cleaned up Milton Pitches after running a Facebook competition.

TWO Inverness entrepreneurs have made dirty work of their business venture by removing dog mess from a busy park in the city.

Richard Perrins and business partner Richie Mason started a dog dirt removal service called Pooper Scoopers in 2015 which is one of only a few in the whole of the UK.

The business venture has proven popular in the Highlands with a Facebook competition recently launched for people to nominate a place in Inverness to clean up.

Milton Pitches was crowned the winners with more than 70 nominations given to the popular dog walking spot in Hilton.

Other areas of concern highlighted to the duo were at Limetree Avenue and Culloden Woods, both in Inverness.

Mr Perrins now works full-time with the business after quitting his job as a chef last year while Mr Mason still owns his locksmith company, Sure Lock Homes, and takes more of a backseat.

“At the start we got a lot of stick but the more that this has gone on people have warmed to it and have now actually realised that it’s not a bad idea,” Mr Mason said.

“Initially the competition was put on so that everybody could choose an area. Then we narrowed it down to five. It was massive at the start.”

For a small fee, the duo will swoop on dog owners’ gardens and clean up any doggy mess, and with the use of disinfectants, leave the place smelling fresh and sweet.

Some of their customers have disabilities that mean they can no longer pick up after their companions while other people may have simply fallen behind in the upkeep of their garden.

The duo carried out the clean-up of Milton Pitches last Friday however they are unimpressed with the problem and feel like it should be something that could be better controlled by Highland Council.

“We are trying to solve the problem, we are not trying to shame everybody,” added Mr Mason.

“It would be good for the council to maybe do something with us. Everybody hates dog mess.”

A spokeswoman for Highland Council said: “Community services have not been made aware of any problem with dog fouling at Milton Pitches, however we would urge people to report problems to the Council using the online forms on the council’s website at www.highland.gov.uk/report.

Signage regarding dog fouling is at the pitches and community services will carry out enforcement patrols in the area.”

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