‘In­con­sid­er­ate’ dog walk­ers fall foul of club

The Oban Times - - News - STEVEN RAE srae@oban­times.co.uk

RUGBY en­thu­si­asts from Oban are the latest to call foul on the dis­gust­ing prac­tice of own­ers not clear­ing up af­ter their dogs.

As well as oc­ca­sion­ally find­ing dog dirt on the pitches at Oban Lorne Rugby club, bags of dog mess have been found tied up and thrown on top of a me­tal con­tainer used by the club to store equip­ment.

Dee Brad­bury, Oban Lorne pres­i­dent, said: ‘ We, as a club, are very con­cerned about this sit­u­a­tion. While this is a public space, it is pri­mar­ily a sport­ing fa­cil­ity.

‘Rugby re­quires play­ers to go to ground and on oc­ca­sion play­ers have been cov­ered in dog fae­ces. This ap­plies to our adult and ju­ve­nile play­ers. There is a high risk of se­ri­ous in­fec­tion. Who would want this to hap­pen?

‘For those who have made the ef­fort to pick up and then throw it on the con­tainer roof - what is wrong with you? Bins are about 10 feet away. We will se­ri­ously con­sider mon­i­tor­ing the situa- tion from within the club­house and mak­ing our find­ings public. ‘Please pick up af­ter your dog and take the bag home.’

Ar­gyll and Bute rugby de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer, Allan Wright, who plays for Oban Lorne, said: ‘You couldn’t make this up.

‘It’s ridicu­lous that peo­ple would pick the mess up, bag it, tie the bag, and then throw it on the roof like that.’

Allan’s brother, Craig, who also plays for Lorne, said: ‘The thing is, the peo­ple do­ing it prob­a­bly live nearby, but have no pride in their lo­cal area or the sport­ing fa­cil­i­ties the club uses. In the past, there’s been times when se­nior and ju­nior play­ers have got dog dirt on their shoes or on their legs. Play­ers should be able to take it for granted that there’s no dog mess on the pitch.’

Craig McGuire, who is cap­tain of the Ar­gyll and Bute rugby team, said: ‘It’s dis­re­spect­ful for the area, for the club and for ev­ery­one else. Oth­ers use the pitch and pick up the dirt and put it in bins. These in­con­sid­er­ate peo­ple ruin it for ev­ery­one else.’

Oban com­mu­nity coun­cil­lor, Julie McKen­zie, who is a found­ing mem­ber of the group, Oban com­mu­nity ac­tion on dog foul­ing, met the play­ers and dis­cussed their con­cerns, as well as giv­ing the club mem­bers anti- dog-foul­ing signs to put up in the grounds.

The dog foul­ing group is keep­ing go­ing the mo­men­tum of its cam­paign.

Julie said: ‘Any­one who is in­ter­ested in help­ing or sup­port­ing us should come to the At­lantis leisure cen­tre at 10am on Mon­day, where we will dis­cuss our fu­ture plans with our part­ner agen­cies.’

TACK­LING FOUL PLAY: Back row, from left: Oban Lorne com­mit­tee mem­ber Claire McQueen, Allan

Wright, Craig Wright, Craig McGuire and Julie McKen­zie. (Above right) Dee Brad­bury

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