Anger over boozy youngsters
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