Bags are a must have’ for owners

PUBLISHED: 13:31 18 December 2008 | UPDATED: 10:12 10 June 2010

A lot of people seem to think that because it gets dark early, they do not need to pick up the dog mess their pets leave behind. This is not so. The law (which is about to get tougher) remains the same, whether light or dark, summer or winter.

A lot of people seem to think that because it gets dark early, they do not need to pick up the dog mess their pets leave behind. This is not so. The law (which is about to get tougher) remains the same, whether light or dark, summer or winter.

I frequently take my dog out and have been pleased over the summer to see how clean the Littlemead estate has generally been with regard to dog mess, although some areas are still not perfect. However, the last few weeks has seen this deteriorate considerably.

It is not nice for me, or other pedestrians, to take my dog for a walk and to have to look where I am going, especially when it is dark, and to see that other dog owners are not acting responsibly. Apart from being eco-friendly to clean up after the dog, it is also a safety issue, especially on an estate like this where many people are elderly and can be a bit unsteady on their feet and can easily fall over if they happen to step on the 'pile'. It also makes it look bad for us dog lovers who do walk home with our little black bags ready to dispose of in our own dustbin.

Do dog owners not realise that the little black bag is the latest eco-friendly 'must-have' fashion accessory?

The New Year is coming up - time for New Year's Resolutions. Perhaps dog owners can make one of theirs to be more responsible with regard to their pet, and, although not legally required, perhaps horse riders could do the same.

Elaine Williams,

31 Mount Pleasant Avenue, Exmouth


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