DOGS FOULING in public places, remains one of the issues that is certain to cause annoyance and heated discussions amongst local residents.
Heather Hairsine told us on Facebook yesterday:
“Having recently become a dog owner and can now take our puppy for a walk. I am absolutely disgusted at the amount of dog dirt that I’ve seen on the paths in Hedon especially around the Inmans estate. Not sure whether it would help but maybe more dog dirt bins are required in Hedon is this something that the Hedon Blog could put to the council?”
This sparked a flurry of comments from irate residents:
Gemma said “Inmans estate is absolutely disgusting!!! I’m so sick of playing ‘dodge the dog poo’ every day on the school run!!! I can’t let my 3 young kids walk on the grass and I’ve even been greeted with piles of the stuff outside my front gate”
Andy said: “And to think it can cause blindness in children? It’s worrying whilst kids are playing out.”
The East Riding Council says to report people seen allowing their dogs to foul, but Julie says that’s easier said than done: “Apart from following them home you don’t know who they are.”
Nicola comments: “We’ve got bins and floor painted signs all round Thorngumbald – made very little difference to useless owners!!”
One resident who did not wish to be named said she saw a woman walking four or five dogs along the Hedon Haven drain. She cleared up after one of her dogs – and then hung the bag on a bush and left it!
So what is the advice from the East Riding Council? The council’s website says:
If you want to report dog fouling, and you know the offender or when the fouling is happening, the dog warden team can investigate this. You can report dog fouling online (opens in new window) or by calling (01482) 396301 with the details of your complaint and somebody will be able to give you further advice. Please be aware that this is for reporting an incident of dog fouling only.
The Online Form says that you must provide full details otherwise the council cannot respond/investigate. All requests will be handled in confidence.
If you wish to arrange for dog fouling you have noticed in a public area to be cleaned up, you can do so by completing the online Street sweeping request form (opens in new window).
Can all litter bins be used for dog waste?
Yes, all of East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s litter bins can be used for the disposal of dog waste. Please be sure to bag the waste first.
How do I get a new litter bin?
Funds within East Riding of Yorkshire Council are very tight, particularly with the current economic climate. The very limited funds set aside for litter bins is for maintaining the stock of bins we currently have, therefore no applications for new litter bins will currently be considered.
If you really feel there is a pressing need for a new litter bin in your area, you could approach your local Parish or Town Council and see if they are willing to pay to have one put in.
But what else might be done to stop or discourage irresponsible dog owners?
One idea is to keep an incident diary. So for example if you regularly see someone acting irresponsibly then remember the details; who, what, where, and when – and write that up in a diary afterwards. The times that incidents take place is important if a dog warden or council official is to follow-up with an enforcement visit.
A good publicity campaign could help too. As well as regular articles and warnings in the press, a local campaign group could be formed that might decide to act by highlighting the scale of the problem down a particular street or area. A Day of Action might involve using temporary dyes to spray a red circle around individual dog poo piles on pavements. Where bags of poo are regularly dumped or hung, temporary signs or flags could be placed or hung saying “We’re on to you! No dog poo here!” or something similar.
Personally confronting irresponsible dog owners or photographing them is best avoided – but as regular offenders are caught and prosecuted by the council, then a public name and shame campaign might have some effect on deterring others.
Education: Having dog wardens and others speaking to the children in the local schools is something that has been done before, and can help educate them – and their parents – on the health risks associated with dog mess and being a responsible dog owner.
Have readers got other suggestions on what might be done to tackle this problem? Let us know – leave a comment!
Would you be willing to take part in a campaign group to help tackle this issue?