The war on dogs running amok in Angus cemeteries could lead to an outright ban.
Cemetery gates being closed at certain times of the day is another proposal which will be brought to the table by Arbroath councillor David Fairweather.
Mr Fairweather is requesting a meeting with council officials to discuss the ongoing issue as thoughtless owners refuse to heed warnings about their behaviour.
Mourners are being left devastated by dogs running amok over graves, soiling headstones and knocking down personal mementos despite a sign telling owners to keep their pets on leads.
Mr Fairweather first raised the issue before May’s local authority elections and has been contacted again by concerned mourners.
He is concerned the situation may get worse and wants the current bylaws to be reviewed.
Mr Fairweather said “Despite the significant press coverage about this emotive issue, I am dismayed that some dog owners continue to walk their pets in local cemeteries.
“I am concerned that with new housing developments under construction, the situation may get worse.
“People visit cemeteries to pay their respects at the graves of loved ones, so it is entirely inappropriate that these moments of quiet reflection are disturbed by dogs running loose.
“I think the local by-laws need to be reviewed, and I will be speaking to officers about what options are open to us.
“In the meantime, I would ask dog owners to be considerate of others and exercise their pets in more appropriate areas.”
Mr Fairweather previously urged dog walkers to “reflect on the emotional impact this behaviour can have on people who are grieving”.
Angus Council spokesman said the vast majority of people who attend at the county’s cemeteries “do so with respect and consideration for the departed” and to behave in any other way was unacceptable.
One mourner, who did not wish to be named, said: “I visit the cemetery regularly, and have seen people drive in and simply let their dogs loose.
“It’s frankly disgusting behaviour which needs to be addressed.
“One thing is for sure, appealing to the better nature of those who do this has fallen on deaf ears.”
Dogs were banned from burial grounds across Perth and Kinross in 2005 after mourners complained about dog fouling in the area’s largest cemetery.