DOGS: Fouling’s not acceptable

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I have been following the recent letters regarding dogs and I was pleased to read some sensible remarks.

Ed Gibney outlined the rules of the law relating to dangerous dogs (News Guardian, March 9), and everything he said is spot on.

To live in a functioning society there are so many problems that can be deemed dangerous.

We have cyclists who ride on pavements. Is that breaking the law? That is dangerous.

But my biggest gripe for law-breaking is allowing your dog to make a mess and for the owner to walk away without cleaning it up. What part of letting your dog mess and not cleaning up after it is acceptable?

Near to my home, there are a few grass verges and owners often let their dog mess on the grass and walk on without attempting to clean it up.

If you speak to an owner and ask why they don’t pick it up, the response is ‘people don’t walk on there, it is not a walking pavement so where’s the harm?’.

Oh ok, well will I tell my dogs who happily walk on the grass to dodge the mess made by others? Do I want my dogs to walk in another dog’s mess and bring it home? Of course not.

So come on dog owners, stop giving yourself a bad name.

Stop thinking because it’s dark and no one is out that you can’t be seen leaving your pooches’ mess. You are seen and, believe me, we know who you are.

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