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Crackdown on dog mess

PUBLISHED: 18:42 05 March 2002 | UPDATED: 11:29 03 March 2010

A FURIOUS mother today said launched a blistering attack on dog owners who let their pooches foul the pavement.

Piles of dog mess are a sight which regularly confront children on their way to

St Mark's Primary, Ipswich.

A FURIOUS mother today said launched a blistering attack on dog owners who let their pooches foul the pavement.

Piles of dog mess are a sight which regularly confront children on their way to

St Mark's Primary, Ipswich.

Jo Whight, whose daughter regularly has to walk past the mess left behind, claims irresponsible dog owners have let the problem drag for the past two years and the situation is now getting worse.

Lately the number of ghastly piles have increased said Mrs Whight, who walks her seven-year-old daughter Charlotte to school. Last week on one morning alone she counted nine piles of poo.

Mrs Whight, 34, of Quilter Drive, said: "It's a constant battle walking along the pavement and it extremely unpleasant.

"All the way we are carefully having to watch where we are standing and stepping over the dog mess and saying mind the poo.

"It only takes one child to stand in some mess and it is then carted all along pavement and taken into the school playground and children do tend to drag their school bags along the ground and it gets spread everywhere."

The poo infested area is from the corner of Jasmine Close and along Stone Lodge Lane West, which leads to the entrance of St Mark's. Also on that road is Beacon Hill School, Chantry School and Stone Lodge Family Centre.

Mrs Whight says that in the whole the majority of dog owners are responsible and considerate people but it is the odd few who give dog walkers a bad name.

Other parents are also unhappy with the problem and the school has taken action by sending letters to parents with the telephone number of the Highways Department on, so they can voice their disgust.

Mrs Whight says she nor any of the other parents have ever actually seen a dog fouling on the pavement but believes that if they did, the owner would be lynched.

"Apart from being unpleasant, it's also a health issue. Seeing the poo every morning makes me cringe.

"I just can't for the life of me understand why certain people will not pick-up after their dogs," said Mrs Whight.

Although there is a notice on one of the lampposts in Jasmine Close, there is none along Stone Lodge Lane West, where the heart of the poo problem is.

Mrs Whight believes that having a poo bin for dog owners may help reduce the problem.

Recently, Miranda Cook, of Dunlin Road, Ipswich, found herself in a sticky situation after she refused to pay £25 for failing to clear up after her pooch. Her decision backfired when a court ordered her to pay £150.

Starting for seven days from next Monday officers from the council's animal service department, will be working morning, noon and night tackling the problem and watching dog owners and educating them about disposing of dog mess.

Under the 1996 Dog Fouling Of The Land Act, the maximum fine for people who let their dogs foul in public is £1,000.

Anybody observed doing so can expect a £25 fine, with failure to pay within 14 days resulting in possible action.

Anyone with any information on dog owners who let their pets foul in public should contact Ipswich Borough Council on 01473 433015.


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