Park fears

Anger over boozy young­sters

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Mur­ray Spooner

Dog walk­ers have slammed mind­less youths who smash glass bot­tles in Cam­bus­lang Park after a num­ber of pets were in­jured by step­ping on it.

Play­ful pooches have ripped their paws on the sharp pieces of lit­ter un­der­stood to have been left by peo­ple drink­ing al­co­hol in the park.

Dog walk­ers have slammed mind­less youths who smashed bot­tles in Cam­bus­lang Park after a num­ber of pets were in­jured by step­ping on the glass.

Play­ful pooches have ripped their paws on the sharp pieces of lit­ter un­der­stood to have been left by peo­ple drink­ing al­co­hol in the park, par­tic­u­larly at week­ends.

Les­ley McEwan was walk­ing 17-month-old cock­apoo Nala in the park on Tues­day, July 4, when she stood on bro­ken glass near the ceno­taph.

She said: “I of­ten run with her around the park and it was on the way out, near the en­trance, and she’s gone over it and split the mid­dle of her paw open.

“I phoned the vet straight away on the way back and they took her straight in. They had to se­date her and they put four stitches in and she’s had to rest for 10 to 14 days.

“She is used to three hours walk a day so it’s hard for her and she’s in a bit of pain.”

Com­ment­ing on the lit­ter and an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour in the park, she said: “It makes me fu­ri­ous.

“We are in the park mostly first thing, around 7.30am, and you know young peo­ple have been in there be­cause of the bro­ken glass.

“I’m not say­ing they shouldn’t use the park but they have no re­spect for oth­ers who use it.”

An­other Cam­bus­lang res­i­dent, Nisha Pure­wal, 28, was also left shocked when her dog Her­cules cut his paw open dur­ing the spring hol­i­days.

Nisha, who re­vealed she has now stopped walk­ing the one year-old dog in the park, said: “I got a bit of a shock be­cause I saw there was a lot of blood so I had to pick him up and take him back. It took around six weeks be­fore he was able to walk prop­erly again.”

Ed­ward Cais, chair­man of Friends of Cam­bus­lang Park, re­vealed the group would work with South La­nark­shire Coun­cil and lo­cal po­lice in the hope to erad­i­cate the prob­lem.

He said: “What we would say is that it is a mi­nor­ity. When there is a dog af­fected it is a large ex­pense for dog own­ers. It’s to­tally un­nec­es­sary and it’s a huge thing emo­tion­ally and fi­nan­cially.”

Alis­tair McKin­non, South La­nark­shire Coun­cil’s head of fa­cil­i­ties, waste and grounds ser­vices, said they main­tain a full­time pres­ence Mon­day to Fri­day in Cam­bus­lang Park which means all ar­eas are vis­ited at least once a week.

He added: “Ar­eas of known an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour are checked as a pri­or­ity on a Mon­day morn­ing and, in all parts of the park, any bro­ken glass is cleared as soon as it is found.

“We are work­ing closely with Po­lice Scot­land to ad­dress an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour in the park and would urge any­one leav­ing bro­ken glass in the area to think about the con­se­quences to peo­ple and an­i­mals be­fore they con­tinue such be­hav­iour.”

They have no re­spect for oth­ers who use the park

Fears Les­ley McEwan with her dogs who have both been in­jured

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