Council workers pelted withdog poo
Think you’ve had a bad day at work? Try being sprayed with dog poo as you go about your business.
Porirua City Council workers are walking into a literal poopstorm as they are blasted with dog dung left by owners refusing to pick up after their pooches.
Machine operator Donna Pewhairangi said she was often struck by flying faeces flicked up by her mower.
Despite her best efforts to dodge the deposits, she had to stop work and head for the nearest shower after being hit by the droppings, she said.
Last week, the council released a list of shame, naming the worst places for dog droppings, and implored owners to think of the health risks posed to staff.
Contract and operations manager Julian Emeny said even protective clothing and masks couldn’t keep council staff safe.
‘‘It still penetrates and gets on to the skin. The only way to solve the problem is for it not to be there.’’
Owners needed to take responsibility and remember people affected by the issue were their neighbours and friends, he said.
The city’s worst-hit areas were the Whitby and Camborne Walkway, Ngati Toa Domain, and the Dolly Varden and Plimmerton Beach foreshores.
Unlike the Kapiti Coast, Lower Hutt and Wellington councils, Porirua City Council does not provide bag dispensers, so that owners caught short can still pick up after their dogs.
Porirua City Council parks manager Olivia Dovey said the poo problem got worse each year, as the number of dogs in the city increased.
The city currently had 4878 registered dogs.
The council would look at options, such as bag dispensers, in the new financial year.
The fine for not picking up dog faeces was $300, but Dovey said the council preferred to ‘‘educate and encourage owners to pick up after their dogs’’.
Loose Leash Dog Walking Service owner Penny Krieg visited the Camborne Walkway recently and was disgusted by the amount of dog faeces.
She and her staff scooped up about 100 bags of faeces, she said.
Porirua dog owner Nic O’Brien said she would like to see the council take the issue seriously, instead of only warning owners.
‘‘I think poo bag stations would be a start. They really would have no excuse that way.’’
Donna Pewhairangi is sick of being pelted with dog poo as she trims the city’s walkways.