Dog walkers told to clean up after pets
Councillor issues plea after children’s health fears highlighted in national media
PLEA to dog walkers to clean up after their pets, has been issued by a Rushmoor councillor.
Councillor Sue Carter, who represents Cove and Southwood ward on Rushmoor Borough Council, has urged dog owners to be more responsible.
There have been complaints in the national media about dog mess being a health hazard to children and Cllr Carter is calling for the minority of irresponsible dog walkers to show more respect for fellow park users.
The call comes after a recent litter pick by Empress, Cove, St John’s and Fernhill councillors in Cove Green and Blunden Road Park which highlighted the need for greater responsibility from dog walkers and others who drop litter.
Cllr Carter said: “We have some wonderful parks in Rushmoor and it is great that dog walkers, families and everyone can make use of them. We are a nation of dog lovers and that is clear every time you go through one of the parks.
“It is a shame, though, how a few people ruin it for everyone.
“It does not take long to clear up after your dog – and those few people who don’t bother, give all dog walkers a bad name.
“There are plenty of bins around in most parks but if anyone thinks there needs to be any more just let us know and we’ll get it sorted.
“We really cannot put up with children’s health being put at risk in this way.
“If you don’t clean up after your dog you can get fined – but what’s worse is that you leave the parks in a state that others will not be able to enjoy – and everyone loses.”
Fixed penalty notices of £75 can be issued to dog owners who do not clean up their mess.
Cllr Carter added: “I’ve noticed a few dog walkers who actually go so far as to clean up any other mess they find, even if it isn’t from their dog. They are amazing – and deserve all our thanks.”
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