Dogs fouling family plot
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