Dog dirt is fu­ri­ous Mar­garet’s pet hate

Pet owner cries foul over mucky pave­ments

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Marc McLean

A dog owner is kick­ing up a stink about an on­go­ing dog foul­ing prob­lem in Cam­bus­lang.

Mar­garet Sloan, vice chair of Friends of Cam­bus­lang Park, has un­leashed fury about dog dirt be­ing left on the pave­ment in her street on a daily ba­sis.

The 65-year-old has lived in Cairns Road for 60 years and says that for the past six weeks dog foul­ing in the area has been at its worst.

This comes just weeks after South La­nark­shire Coun­cil was forced to close a kids’ play area in Ruther­glen be­cause of dog dirt be­ing left be­hind by lazy own­ers.

Mar­garet has com­plained to the coun­cil about the dog mess in her street on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions, but is un­happy with their re­sponse and lack of ac­tion.

The coun­cil’s en­vi­ron­men­tal depart­ment claim they are tak­ing the mat­ter se­ri­ously and that two pa­trols have been car­ried out fol­low­ing her com­plaint.

Mar­garet, who of­ten takes her dog Roxy to nearby Cam­bus­lang Park, said: “There’s dog dirt left on the pave­ment lead­ing up to the park on a daily ba­sis, it’s dis­gust­ing.

“I’ve been in touch with South La­nark­shire Coun­cil’s en­vi­ron­men­tal health depart­ment on sev­eral oc­ca­sions. I’m giv­ing them times that this is hap­pen­ing so they could catch the cul­prits, but still noth­ing has changed.

“It re­ally an­noys me when peo­ple don’t pick up their dog’s dirt. They’re giv­ing other dog own­ers like me a bad name.

“If you have a pet, you have to take proper re­spon­si­bil­ity for it. Even my six-year-old niece will pick up after the dog, yet we’ve got adults who will not do it.”

Shirley Clel­land, the coun­cil’s head of fleet and en­vi­ron­men­tal ser­vices, said: “We have car­ried out two sur­veil­lance pa­trols in re­sponse to the com­plaint raised by Mrs Sloan, and of­fi­cers left a mes­sage for Mrs Sloan to ad­vise her that pa­trols were on­go­ing. No ev­i­dence of dog own­ers not pick­ing up after their dog was wit­nessed dur­ing ei­ther pa­trol.

“En­vi­ron­men­tal ser­vices wel­comes in­for­ma­tion from the pub­lic in re­la­tion to dog foul­ing and, if de­tails are avail­able in re­la­tion to when the dog foul­ing is oc­cur­ring or if there is a de­scrip­tion of the dog(s) in­volved, we will use this in­for­ma­tion when plan­ning pa­trols.

En­vi­ron­men­tal ser­vices can be con­tacted on 0303 123 1015.”

The Re­former told last month how the play area at Bankhead Pri­mary in Ruther­glen had to be closed be­cause of dog dirt. It has since re­opened.

Bag it Mar­garet Sloan is an­gry about in­con­sid­er­ate dog own­ers

Protest Ear­lier this month Bankhead young­sters cried foul over the prob­lem

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