Dog trainers in Bournemouth are reiterating the importance of cleaning up after their own pets, as Bournemouth Council plans to scrap dog waste bins across the Borough.
The bins were first introduced to combat a huge increase in dirt on the pavements, caused by owners who let their dogs poo on the street.
Dog owner and proprietor of Kadarow Dog training school, Katie Rowlands is surprised by the plans, but reiterated the responsibility of owners to clean up after their pets.
“At our classes we teach dog owners the laws and regulations regarding cleaning up after their dog on the streets. Dog waste bins are helpful but the responsibility is with owners to ensure that they are clearing up after their dogs regardless of council support”, said Katie; who has praised the Council’s past work within the dog owning community.
“The [Bournemouth Borough] Council are pretty understanding towards dog owners. The provided dog warden is very helpful and they’ve recently installed a dog enclosure at Slades Farm.”
Another organisation disappointed by the proposed scrapping is Bournemouth’s dog walking service, Bournemouth4Paws. Dog walker Vicki O’Mahoney said:
“I walk about 30 dogs a week and can always find a dog waste bin to put the waste in. It’s not a good idea to scrap the bins, as me and my colleagues find them especially helpful. It wouldn’t stop us from cleaning up after the dogs we walk but it does create an inconvenience. I’m sure it will discourage members of the public from cleaning up after their dog, which could be a problem for pedestrians.”
Dog waste bins are listed on the Bournemouth Borough Council’s website as a provided service. Regulations state if a dog fouling incident is reported, the council will respond to the mess within 24 hours.
In the absence of a nearby dog waste bin, Katie, a proud dog owner, reminds owners that it is the primary responsibility of dog walkers to dispose of the mess elsewhere.
“Waste bins are helpful but people who already cleanup after their dog will continue to do so if and when they are removed. The problem lies with the owners who already fail to clean up their dog’s mess.”
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