Mum sick­ened

Dogs foul­ing fam­ily plot

Ayrshire Post - - Front Page - Stu­art Wil­son

A heart­bro­ken mum whose chil­dren died in her arms said it is “sick­en­ing” that their grave at ayr Ceme­tery is be­ing smeared in dog dirt.

Dev­as­tated Margaret Hogg lost son Robert, aged just seven, and daugh­ter Meghan at 27.

Fight­ing back tears, Margaret told the post: “It is sick­en­ing that peo­ple can show that lack of re­spect.”

A dev­as­tated mum has told how her chil­dren’s grave is be­ing smeared with piles of dog dirt.

Heart­bro­ken Margaret Hogg lost son Robert, aged just seven, and daugh­ter Meghan at 27.

Now she says the pain of weekly trips to their rest­ing place has been turned to dread due to dirt over their lair.

It comes amid claims that dogs are be­ing al­lowed to “roam loose” at Ayr Ceme­tery.

Margaret, pic­tured above with her brother, Michael Bashta, said: “It is up­set­ting enough to make this jour­ney every week.

“Both of my chil­dren died in my arms and it is some­thing you never get over.

“Robert passed away af­ter a car ac­ci­dent and Meghan had a blood clot in her lungs.

“I try to make their grave as nice as pos­si­ble but time and again it is ru­ined.”

Margaret, who says foul­ing is an on­go­ing prob­lem at the Holm­ston Road ceme­tery, be­lieves some own­ers are us­ing the grave­yard as a walk­ing route.

She said: “I was ap­proach­ing the grave one day when a woman saw me com­ing and quickly put her dog back on its lead.

“The steam was still ris­ing from the dirt when I got there. It is sick­en­ing that peo­ple can show that lack of re­spect.

“It’s not the dog’s fault – but why are peo­ple tak­ing them into a ceme­tery in the first place?

“They should be banned from some­where like that.”

Ayr MSP John Scott is among those call­ing for own­ers to clean up their act.

He said: “Man­ag­ing the be­hav­iour of dogs is part of be­ing a re­spon­si­ble dog owner and, of all places, this should be true in a place like a ceme­tery.

“I have con­tacted South Ayr­shire Coun­cil over this mat­ter and hope that they will take all steps open to them to en­sure that foul­ing is dealt with at Ayr Ceme­tery, as in­deed it should be ev­ery­where else lo­cally.”

A coun­cil spokesman said: “Sig­nage is in place in our ceme­ter­ies to re­mind dog own­ers to re­spect South Ayr­shire, keep their dogs un­der con­trol at all times and clean up af­ter their pets.

“When this does not hap­pen, the coun­cil is pre­pared to use en­force­ment ac­tion.”

Grave con­cern Margaret at the grave with her brother Michael Bashta

Tragic loss A draw­ing of Robert who died aged seven. Mum Margaret and her brother Michael Bashta ( left) at the chil­dren’s graves which are be­ing soiled by dogs

Meghan She died when she was just 27

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