Mum hits out at level of dog mess on town’s school route

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A mum has hit out at the amount of dog mess she comes across on her walk to school in Newton Stewart.

Kate Higginson says the level of dirt left on the streets is shameful and she wants something to be done.

Kate said this week: “Every day I walk to Penninghame School and back three times to drop my kids at school and nursery and I am totally disgusted at the scene I am greeted with daily.

“Dog owners should be ashamed of the mess they leave behind and something should be done about it. I am sick of telling my kids to watch for the dog dirt every five seconds and trying to dodge my pram from it, which I have failed do on many occasions and have had to then clean the wheels.”

Kate, who walks from Old Station Court to the school on Auchendood Road, says dog owners will know that children use the route daily and should act accordingly.

She added: “My children have stood in it numerous times which leads to tears and on one occasion actually having to go home to change shoes.”

Dumfries and Galloway Council says it “actively encourages responsible disposal of dog waste” and that it provvides bins for the waste.

The authority added: “Dog owners have a responsibility to ensure that their dogs do not cause a nuisance to members of the public.

“Each year, the council receives many complaints regarding dogs fouling.Where owners fail to clean up animal mess it can lead to the issuing of a fixed penalty notice or even criminal proceedings through the courts.”

“As well as the unpleasant nature of dog fouling, there are significant health risks which can arise.”