‘Inconsiderate’ dog walkers fall foul of club
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