A DISTRICT-WIDE crackdown on dog fouling is offering fair warning to dog owners by writing messages on local pavements.
Teignbridge Council is using chalk-based temporary paint to stencil messages in areas where dog mess in causing problems, warning dog walkers that wardens are watching.
The clean-it-up tool has been used in Chudleigh, Moretonhampstead and Teignmouth with results already showing that it works.
Dog fouling is a criminal offence and recent reports have highlighted areas where it is becoming more prevalent.
Teignbridge is responding with higher-profile action and is reminding owners that cases which go to court can leave them up to £1,000 out of pocket.
Where dog fouling has become an issue, the stencil, which washes off easily, has been used by Teignbridge's community environment wardens to highlight the problem.
Incidents have decreased, making the streets cleaner and reducing health risks.
The move is being supported by targeted local patrols, with £50 on-the-spot fines given to those who flout dog fouling rules.
Cllr Kevin Lake, Teignbridge executive spokesman for environmental services, said: "Teignbridge, like anywhere in the country, has its fair share of irresponsible dog owners who don't clear up after their pet.
"It is only a minority of owners but, unfortunately, they're giving others a bad name with their actions. Our cleaners are out come rain or shine tidying Teignbridge's streets but it's a big area and we don't see why taxpayers should be footing the bill for a few dog owners' lack of care."