Liz Anderson, from Cathkin, regularly shops in Burnside with beloved dog Bailey and was horrified at the news.
She said :“There are a couple of issues with this: firstly, dogs naturally go to lampposts and if the substance is poison and your dog licks it, a dog cannot tell you if they are feeling unwell. Furthermore, what if a dog licked the substances and then licked a child’s hand?
“Also, even if it does turn out to be fake it is still concerning as your dog could go to the lamppost and you could see it lick this white powder without knowing what it is. That could cause alarm”
Councillor Robert Brown said: “Certainly I saw about 20 deposits (of the powder) in Stonelaw Road and Highburgh Drive and I gather there were some elsewhere too.
“I have spoken to both the police and the environmental health department of the council and the indications are that it is probably non-hazardous. However tests are being carried out to make sure.
“It is not clear what the motivation was of whoever put the powder down. They certainly went to a lot of trouble and caused worry, particularly to local pet owners. If they were agitated about dog fouling, this is certainly a big problem, but this is not the way to deal with it.”
Inspector Jim Gillespie of Rutherglen Police said: “I can confirm we are investigating reports of white powder being left in various street in the vicinity of Calderwood Road and Stonelaw Road.
“One line of enquiry we are pursuing is that a member of the public unhappy about dog fouling has been marking certain areas with an unknown substance.
“The majority of dog owners are responsible and clean up after their pets but there are others who don’t. This is not only antisocial behaviour but can pose a health risk and we can understand public concern.
“I cannot however condone anyone taking matters into their own hands and the issue of persistent dog fouling should be reported to ourselves and the local authority.
“Samples of the substance have been taken and sent for further analysis and our enquiries are ongoing. The powder deposits have been cleared (from the street) but any further incidents are reported.” A spokesman for the council confirmed they had taken samples of the powder for analysis.
The man said to be spreading the powder is described as white, 40 to 45, wearing black jogging bottoms with reflective stripes.