Pick it up!

I would hope that all dog owners would also love their neighbours and their community as well. Alas, some are somewhat neglectful – allowing their beloved pets to foul the pavements.

Good dogs owners clear up after their doggies have done their business. It is unsightly and unhealthy to not do so.

I am getting quite a number of complaints about dog’s mess. It is no exaggeration to describe this as a most vexatious issue for many Milton residents.

Dog ownership comes with a number of responsibilities. Looking after their health with good food and regular exercise comes with a by-product. Food in must inevitably result in excrement out. Owners must pick up after their pets, and dispose of responsibly. This does not mean throwing the bag of excrement into someone’s garden or onto railway embankments, etc. This means putting in dog bins or a dustbin.

When dog owners do not behave as society expects then all of us bear the cost. Council tax bills include an element of clear-up costs. Dog owners who want to see ever rising bills will doubtless feel vindicated in allowing doggie to do his do-do on our pavements; those who wish for lower bills may take this as an incentive to be more civic minded. Whatever, it is against the law, and I am encouraging our police to prosecute the irresponsible, the stupid, and the lazy.

Please be a good neighbour – pick up after your dog.

It’s a fecal matter

My recent walks around Leigh, Southend and Westcliff lead me to believe that the festive season is not quite so festive for pedestrians. My experience is one that has eyes pointed towards the ground as one perambulates the avenues of my town as there has been an increase in the incidence of dog faeces. Such is the size of some of the deposits that this cannot just be the outcome of Christmas puppy purchases.

These unhealthy, unsightly, and filthy excreta are often placed in the middle of pavements – there is little evidence that the dogs have been encouraged towards the gutter, and certainly no attempt to consider others.

I have been told that there are only two hundred reported dog shit incidences in Southend every year. This is where statistics are some way short of reality.

Who wants to live in a stinking sewer of a road? Who thinks it clever to tread in dog’s mess? Who finds the idea of giving Toxocariasis to children at all funny? What makes some dog owners responsible, and others inconsiderate?

This ordure issue, straight from the anus of man’s best friend, can only be solved by a combination of education, enforcement, and encouragement. I can state that it is a regular feature of my doorstep conversations.

Whilst I am sure it is a minority of dog owners who fall short of society’s expectations, I have seen many feces. I have seen evidence, as well, of dog owners whose pretence at picking up after their mutt is soon found out when the bag of doo-doo is dumped some way up the road, or around the corner. (It is as if they know that picking up after their dog is the right thing to do but cannot quite see the operation through to completion.)

If you really want to prove how lazy, useless and stupid you really are, let your canine crap in the street. If you care for your fellow humans, and for your dog, pick it up and take it home or put it in a dog bin.

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