Budleigh Salterton parents bemoan 'dog poo slalom'
PUBLISHED: 08:00 03 January 2018
Mum-of-two Michaela Jones has spoken of her 'frustration' at having to 'slalom' along footpaths in Budleigh Salterton to avoid the mess.
Budleigh Salterton residents have complained they are having to ‘slalom’ around dog mess on footpaths in the town.
Concerns have been raised that a number of canine owners are not picking up after their pets in the Greenway Lane area.
Some parents say they are having to ‘slalom’ along the path to avoid the faeces while taking their children to school.
Michaela Jones, of Armytage Road, which feeds into Greenway Lane, has noticed the problem since her son Sonny started school in September.
She said: “As a responsible dog owner, when my dog does his business, I pick it up, however, someone in Budleigh is giving us dog owners a bad name by letting their dog litter the pavements.
“I am finding it increasingly frustrating that, on my walk to school, with my two little boys, we are having to look down and dodge the mess.
“You shouldn’t have a dog if you can’t pick up after it.
“It’s one or two individuals that don’t seem to know how to pick mess up.
“As a community we need to catch these people and teach them how to scoop the poop.”
The mum-of-two would like to see those who haven’t been picking up after their pets taught how to.
She added: “They should be making sure they have more than enough poo bags before they take their dogs out.
“If going out at night-time, they should take a torch.”
East Devon District Council (EDDC), which polices dog fouling, says that owners are required by law to clean up after their pets, or face a fixed penalty notice and possible prosecution.
A spokeswoman said: “We are not aware of a particular problem in the Greenway Lane area of Budleigh Salterton, but we will investigate.
“We would urge residents to contact us if they have a street cleaning issue of this kind.”
Anyone who sees dog fouling offences should report it to EDDC by visiting http://eastdevon.gov.uk/environmental-maintenance/dog-fouling/report-dog-fouling/