Dog owners are at fault
PUBLISHED: 09:45 04 January 2008 | UPDATED: 15:53 09 June 2010
AN Exmouth grandmother was left seething by a dog owner who failed to pick up her pet s mess then dumped a poop-scoop bag she was offered into the gutter.
AN Exmouth grandmother was left seething by a dog owner who failed to pick up her pet's mess then dumped a poop-scoop bag she was offered into the gutter.
Pat Tate, 67, from New Street, was outraged after discovering a bag she gave the dog owner had been thrown away further along the road.
Mrs Tate, whose grandchildren dug up a hidden bag of dog mess on Carlton Slipway while playing on Exmouth beach two years ago, said the woman had been feet away when her pet fouled the pavement.
The grandmother-of-seven said New Street had become a haven for dog mess and last summer it got so bad residents were forced to walk in the road because the pavement was a dog-mess minefield.
She said one neighbour became so desperate to catch any irresponsible dog owners he rigged up a CCTV camera on his windowsill, while others would try to catch them in the act using their mobile phone cameras.
Mrs Tate said she was 'incensed' by the latest in a long line of dog fouling incidents which have resulted in the dog warden patrolling the area.
"I couldn't believe she was so ignorant when I was standing there watching," said Mrs Tate.
"She was so indignant and quite uppity when I said 'are you going to clean that up?'
"She said 'I haven't got a bag. Have you got one?' I said 'yes' and gave it to her.
"I went back inside and thought 'I bet she will put it in a dustbin further up the road'. Then I looked out again and saw her talking to a man. She had no bag in her hand. When I looked for it I saw she had dumped it in the gutter. It wasn't tied at the top, just screwed up.
"She said she wasn't like other dog owners - but she was because she just threw it into the road.
"I don't hate dogs - I love them. It's their owners' fault.