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Householder battles against dog mess

PUBLISHED: 21:00 31 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:46 03 March 2010

YOU ought to be ashamed!

That was the message to careless dog-owners after an Ipswich woman fumed she was fed up with the unsightly dog mess strewn across the street.

YOU ought to be ashamed!

That was the message to careless dog-owners after an Ipswich woman fumed she was fed up with the unsightly dog mess strewn across the street.

So concerned has the woman become that, not wishing to be named, she turned anonymous poop scooper and picked up a bucket and brush to clear up the mess on Bramford Road herself.

Urging the council to erect a sign warning irresponsible dog owners of the high fines liable for mutts littering the pavement with their doo-doo, she seethed: "It's wicked."

"I did it for the children," said the retired receptionist. "It's not nice for the children as they make their way to school to tread in this kind of thing. I just hope the people whose dogs are responsible feel really guilty."

At the crack of dawn yesterday morning the woman, who lives in the Bramford Road area, took matters into her own hands – although not literally – with a garden hoe, bucket and brush to make sure that the pavements under the railway bridge were scraped clean.

She cried "Foul!" after reeling from the state of the street on Saturday.

"It was the worst I've ever seen it," she said. "My grandson had been playing out there in his toy car and my husband had to scrape all the muck off the wheels.

"It's obviously two or three dogs – I can't understand why people allow their dogs to do it there. Haven't they got children? How would they like their children to tread in it?

"People say it's a health risk and it is certainly not nice for the children where they play and push their prams and bicycles."

Thanking the doo-doo gooder for her intervention, a spokesman for Ipswich Council said this was exactly the kind of foul-up the council's Cleaner Ipswich campaign was targeting.

"It is only a very small minority of pet owners who allow their dogs to foul the pavements but we'd like all the help we can get to halt the problem. Dog owners must clean up after their pets – but we're grateful to the person who did clear up."

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