Undercover wardens will be given night vision goggles to sniff out dog fouling culprits who leave their pet's mess 'under the cover of darkness' in the winter months. Stafford Borough Council will equip wardens with the high-tech £200 devices in a bid to catch out people who take advantage of the cloak of darkness during the winter months. They'll use the sophisticated gadgets - with a built in laser illuminator - to patrol dog fouling 'hot-spots' and offer £75 fines in a town-wide crackdown. Some residents have criticised the scheme, branding it 'creepy'. But it comes after a series of failed initiatives to tackle the ongoing problem, including offering rewards for informants. Tory councillor Frank Finlay, cabinet member for environment and health, said today: 'We have had tremendous support from the community for our efforts to get rid of this disgusting crime - especially from responsible dog owners who are sick and tired of their inconsiderate counterparts giving them all a bad name. Full story >>
The cartoon by Mac from the Daily Mail shows a man and his dog in the woods late at night under a full moon. The dog is 'doing its business' on a potty, and the man is holding a toilet roll ready to wipe the dog's behind when it's finished. Meanwhile, two 'undercover wardens' wearing goggles are watching from behind trees. One says to the other, "Damn!"
The council employee is annoyed because they will not be able to fine the dog-owner for fouling the woods.
1. Damn is an expression used when you are annoyed about something. • Damn! I’ve broken one of my nails.
2. There are loads of expressions relating to defecation, but we usually say that a dog 'does its business'. • Damn! The dog's done its business all over the new carpet.