Solution to dog mess problem

Solution to dog mess problem

Solution to dog mess problem

First published in Letters

DOG-fouling has and always will be an issue that people will comment about.

Presently it's uncontrollable.

A dog-owner walking with a plastic bag and shovel is a joke unless they are fit enough to follow their dogs every track as it races around often out of sight.

Because it's uncontrollable, why not control it by having dedicated fenced areas where dog owners can walk their animals?

Such areas can even include parts of a beach, field, park etc and a small fee could be charged for the upkeep and cleaning of such areas. Problem solved.

Smokers are classed as unsociable and have been segregated from non-smokers. It’s no different than segregating dog owners from non-dog-owners.

This seems to be the only common sense simple solution to this continuing problem.

John Wright, Upton.

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11:06am Wed 20 Aug 14

smabo says...

Surely owners should be able to trace every step their dog takes? If their dogs are under control, which by law and for safety they should be, then they really shouldn't be running around out of sight of the owner. Arguably, in a public park and such like, they should actually be on a lead at all times. A dog owner walking around with a plastic bag (they shouldn't really need a shovel if they're doing it right) is not a joke, it's perfectly reasonable and responsible ownership. Effectively what you're saying is dog owners should pay extra for someone else to clean up their s*** after them... right, yeah, that's going to catch on!
Surely owners should be able to trace every step their dog takes? If their dogs are under control, which by law and for safety they should be, then they really shouldn't be running around out of sight of the owner. Arguably, in a public park and such like, they should actually be on a lead at all times. A dog owner walking around with a plastic bag (they shouldn't really need a shovel if they're doing it right) is not a joke, it's perfectly reasonable and responsible ownership. Effectively what you're saying is dog owners should pay extra for someone else to clean up their s*** after them... right, yeah, that's going to catch on! smabo
  • Score: 13

1:44pm Wed 20 Aug 14

H3L10S says...

If people can't take keep track of their dogs when loose in public areas then they shouldn't let them off the lead.

There is only 3 places I take my dog for a walk but the mess left behind by lazy or uncaring dog owners, or maybe it's both for some people is ridiculous because it's giving the responsible owners a bad name too.

On a final note, dog owners shouldn't just be targeted, people having picnics or barbecues on beaches or fields and leaving their rubbish lying around, or those too lazy to carry their rubbish until they find a bin.

Why doesn't anyone complain about them as well, their just as big a nuisance.

Mr Tomlinson, Birkenhead.
If people can't take keep track of their dogs when loose in public areas then they shouldn't let them off the lead. There is only 3 places I take my dog for a walk but the mess left behind by lazy or uncaring dog owners, or maybe it's both for some people is ridiculous because it's giving the responsible owners a bad name too. On a final note, dog owners shouldn't just be targeted, people having picnics or barbecues on beaches or fields and leaving their rubbish lying around, or those too lazy to carry their rubbish until they find a bin. Why doesn't anyone complain about them as well, their just as big a nuisance. Mr Tomlinson, Birkenhead. H3L10S
  • Score: 14

8:02am Sat 23 Aug 14

rodsmum says...

Responsible dog owners are just as offended at dog mess left on paths! You have obviously given this problem a lot of thought so how do you propose that we get our dogs to the "dedicated fenced areas" if we don't have a car to drive them there?
Responsible dog owners are just as offended at dog mess left on paths! You have obviously given this problem a lot of thought so how do you propose that we get our dogs to the "dedicated fenced areas" if we don't have a car to drive them there? rodsmum
  • Score: 5

8:41am Sat 23 Aug 14

Smudge1978 says...

Designated areas is not really the answer.
What about the roads leading to the park; in fact around town in general. Are you going to have pavements designated for dog walkers.

The answer seems simple to me....
If you have a dog then be responsible for it and pick up its poo.

I think that licensing with a fee would help with ensuring that only responsible people own a dog.

Andy, Wallasey.
Designated areas is not really the answer. What about the roads leading to the park; in fact around town in general. Are you going to have pavements designated for dog walkers. The answer seems simple to me.... If you have a dog then be responsible for it and pick up its poo. I think that licensing with a fee would help with ensuring that only responsible people own a dog. Andy, Wallasey. Smudge1978
  • Score: 10

4:33pm Sun 24 Aug 14

daddio9 says...

While I do not condone dogs fouling anywhere, could I suggest that the mess is bio degradable and a good downpour (or the coming in of the tide) will do much to dissipate the substance. What I find intolerable is those owners who think they are doing their civic duty by packaging the offending mess in a plastic bag and instead of putting the bags in a bin, many leave them on public paths for all to see. These bags are non biodegradable and require someone - a council official? - to pick them up.
While I do not condone dogs fouling anywhere, could I suggest that the mess is bio degradable and a good downpour (or the coming in of the tide) will do much to dissipate the substance. What I find intolerable is those owners who think they are doing their civic duty by packaging the offending mess in a plastic bag and instead of putting the bags in a bin, many leave them on public paths for all to see. These bags are non biodegradable and require someone - a council official? - to pick them up. daddio9
  • Score: 2

9:15pm Sun 24 Aug 14

Westerly9 says...

daddio9 wrote:
While I do not condone dogs fouling anywhere, could I suggest that the mess is bio degradable and a good downpour (or the coming in of the tide) will do much to dissipate the substance. What I find intolerable is those owners who think they are doing their civic duty by packaging the offending mess in a plastic bag and instead of putting the bags in a bin, many leave them on public paths for all to see. These bags are non biodegradable and require someone - a council official? - to pick them up.
When I'm yet again spending 15 minutes scraping the revolting filth out of the tread of my shoes with rubber gloves and anti bacterial spray trying not to breath through my nose I'll keep your wise words in mind.
[quote][p][bold]daddio9[/bold] wrote: While I do not condone dogs fouling anywhere, could I suggest that the mess is bio degradable and a good downpour (or the coming in of the tide) will do much to dissipate the substance. What I find intolerable is those owners who think they are doing their civic duty by packaging the offending mess in a plastic bag and instead of putting the bags in a bin, many leave them on public paths for all to see. These bags are non biodegradable and require someone - a council official? - to pick them up.[/p][/quote]When I'm yet again spending 15 minutes scraping the revolting filth out of the tread of my shoes with rubber gloves and anti bacterial spray trying not to breath through my nose I'll keep your wise words in mind. Westerly9
  • Score: 2

7:57am Mon 25 Aug 14

Positive thinker says...

That letter didn't go down well
That letter didn't go down well Positive thinker
  • Score: -1

11:27am Tue 26 Aug 14

daddio9 says...

Was just hoping that those thoughtless idiots who leave the little plastic packets everywhere would take note, but as usual some don't see past the 'do do'. I walked for about a mile this morning and counted eight little (filled) dog bags just left on the pavement, but only saw one dollop! Responsible owners??
Was just hoping that those thoughtless idiots who leave the little plastic packets everywhere would take note, but as usual some don't see past the 'do do'. I walked for about a mile this morning and counted eight little (filled) dog bags just left on the pavement, but only saw one dollop! Responsible owners?? daddio9
  • Score: 0

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