Brothers take the lead in shaming Wirral's dirty dog owners

Wirral Globe: Brothers Richard and James Wright have struck a blow against dog fouling in their local park by posting notices shaming owners who refuse to clean up their pets' dirt. Brothers Richard and James Wright have struck a blow against dog fouling in their local park by posting notices shaming owners who refuse to clean up their pets' dirt.

ENTERPRISING brothers Richard and James Wright have struck a blow against dog fouling in their local park by posting notices shaming owners who refuse to clean up their pets' dirt.

The two boys – Richard, 7, and James, 5 - decided to act because of the disgusting mess they faced cycling each day through Torrington Gardens in Thingwall on their way to school.

They produced hand-written notices outlining the affect that dog mess was having on local people and erected them in the park.

Richard said: "We’re so fed up of dog mess. People leave it on the grass, on the pavement and even leave bags of dog muck hanging on trees. It's disgusting and shameful!

"Our bike wheels get covered in mess and our Mum is always washing it off our trousers. We decided to put up the notices to try and get people to clean mess up and take the bags home with them or put them in the nearest bin."

The brothers initiative was drawn to the attention of housing combine Magenta Living through their environmental team operating in the area.

The company decided to back the boys’ efforts to keep dog fouling in check in the Thingwall area.

Maureen Davies, Magenta Living environmental services manager said: "Magenta Living is working alongside Wirral Borough Council to tackle dog fouling across our neighbourhoods and public spaces.

"In Torrington Gardens we have erected a free dog waste dispenser unit that is looked after by local residents.

"We have also installed additional waste bins and put up anti dog fouling signs.

"We hope that when people read this and understand the impact that dog fouling is having on people of all ages, they will follow the boys' lead and look after communal areas and encourage dog owners to clear up after their dogs.

"Thanks to the support of local residents like Richard and James, we can all work together to stop dog fouling across Wirral."

Magenta Living has also been involved with Lairdside Communities Together to raise awareness of dog fouling by visiting local schools and youth clubs, holding poster competitions, providing free poop scoop bags and advice to residents.

Residents who suffer dog fouling problems in their neighbourhood should ring Wirral Council – 0151 606 2004 or use their online service – comments@wirral.gov.uk.

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2:54pm Mon 2 Dec 13

Thepleb says...

The council funded dog fouling officers and in over 18 months have reduced the service to three officers from ten to patrol the whole of the wirral.
Magenta housing have stepped in now and will probably take over another council tax funded operation.
We should all get a reduction in our council tax for the reduction in service we are receiving .
The council funded dog fouling officers and in over 18 months have reduced the service to three officers from ten to patrol the whole of the wirral. Magenta housing have stepped in now and will probably take over another council tax funded operation. We should all get a reduction in our council tax for the reduction in service we are receiving . Thepleb

2:55pm Mon 2 Dec 13

Thepleb says...

And well done too these young lads
And well done too these young lads Thepleb

4:52pm Mon 2 Dec 13

Positive thinker says...

Come on who would apply for the job as a dog crap warden in
the first place ?
Come on who would apply for the job as a dog crap warden in the first place ? Positive thinker

9:54am Tue 3 Dec 13

Thepleb says...

Well they had ten of them and many more applied
Well they had ten of them and many more applied Thepleb

1:23pm Tue 3 Dec 13

rover600 says...

Well done to the lads never mind the 'you can;t do that brigade' to them i say you cannot let your dog foul everywhere and think you are going to get away with it, it is dirty, disgusting, unhygenic , a health hazard and against local byelaws.

Personally If i saw someone allowing their dog to defecate and then they didn't clean up I'd take a picture and send it to the council, Id also speak to the individual and TELL them to clean it up. If they walked away from it, id follw them home and see where they lived and I'd go back with a plastic bag and pick up the waste and smear it through their letter box onto hopefully their carpets! See how they like it.

You have a dog? then there are rules and laws that ensure you and your pets act responsibly, so do so. Just because you are in a green park or in the street does not mean it is an open Dog's toilet!

We parked on the playing fields for the official Oxton secret gardens carpark and it was littered with Dog excrement.

Well done lads, keep it up!
Well done to the lads never mind the 'you can;t do that brigade' to them i say you cannot let your dog foul everywhere and think you are going to get away with it, it is dirty, disgusting, unhygenic , a health hazard and against local byelaws. Personally If i saw someone allowing their dog to defecate and then they didn't clean up I'd take a picture and send it to the council, Id also speak to the individual and TELL them to clean it up. If they walked away from it, id follw them home and see where they lived and I'd go back with a plastic bag and pick up the waste and smear it through their letter box onto hopefully their carpets! See how they like it. You have a dog? then there are rules and laws that ensure you and your pets act responsibly, so do so. Just because you are in a green park or in the street does not mean it is an open Dog's toilet! We parked on the playing fields for the official Oxton secret gardens carpark and it was littered with Dog excrement. Well done lads, keep it up! rover600

5:52pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Positive thinker says...

Rover600,
That's fighting talk
Rover600, That's fighting talk Positive thinker

11:58am Fri 6 Dec 13

Skillo says...

In all my time online, basically since it started i have never heard so much rubbish in all my life. I don't even know where to start on this post. Ok firstly, well done lads great work i have also had a lot of problems with irresponsible dog owners in Wallasey and i am sick and tired of having to shout at my two young sons to watch where they are walking on the way home from school and to having to clean their shoes for the times we do not constantly have our eyes glued to the floor. You both should be commended for your actions. Right, now to your comment Zoe For a start if the irresponsible, lazy dog owners can not be bothered to pic up their dogs excrement then they shouldn't be allowed to own a dog. Agreed it may not be the responsibility of the boys to take on this job just be glad these young lads have respect for their community. As i've mentioned i live in Wallasey if you have visited Central Park you may have noticed a cycle lane?? That are for bicycles, in the park? I'm not sure if you have children, but you can not keep your full attention on every step they take where ever they walk and i'm sure the mother of these two fine boys loves cleaning up every time they step or ride in the dog mess. As to your comment on Magenta housing you should be glad that they are taking an interest in the local area . I have contacted Angela Eagle and Esther McVey about a license and D.N.A scheme for dog owners ( check online for further info and similar schemes). I think it is about time, firstly so all dogs are registered in the area and also to pay for an officer employed by the council to take samples of dog mess so fines and the cost of the test can be performed. I Hope the majority of your readers will agree with me that something has to be done and support my suggestion or a similar scheme. Lets hope we can reduce and hopefully stop this disgusting mess we have to deal with day in and day out. Great work again lads you're an inspiration.
In all my time online, basically since it started i have never heard so much rubbish in all my life. I don't even know where to start on this post. Ok firstly, well done lads great work i have also had a lot of problems with irresponsible dog owners in Wallasey and i am sick and tired of having to shout at my two young sons to watch where they are walking on the way home from school and to having to clean their shoes for the times we do not constantly have our eyes glued to the floor. You both should be commended for your actions. Right, now to your comment Zoe For a start if the irresponsible, lazy dog owners can not be bothered to pic up their dogs excrement then they shouldn't be allowed to own a dog. Agreed it may not be the responsibility of the boys to take on this job just be glad these young lads have respect for their community. As i've mentioned i live in Wallasey if you have visited Central Park you may have noticed a cycle lane?? That are for bicycles, in the park? I'm not sure if you have children, but you can not keep your full attention on every step they take where ever they walk and i'm sure the mother of these two fine boys loves cleaning up every time they step or ride in the dog mess. As to your comment on Magenta housing you should be glad that they are taking an interest in the local area . I have contacted Angela Eagle and Esther McVey about a license and D.N.A scheme for dog owners ( check online for further info and similar schemes). I think it is about time, firstly so all dogs are registered in the area and also to pay for an officer employed by the council to take samples of dog mess so fines and the cost of the test can be performed. I Hope the majority of your readers will agree with me that something has to be done and support my suggestion or a similar scheme. Lets hope we can reduce and hopefully stop this disgusting mess we have to deal with day in and day out. Great work again lads you're an inspiration. Skillo

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