When you go for a stroll are you forever trying to dodge dog muck?
Have you had to do that sudden stop start movement to miss a dollop of poo on the path?
There is nothing worse than stepping in a pile of steaming dog poo so we have found some of the place people complain most about.
From Carlisle to Maryport it seems that not every dog owner picks up after their pet – and people aren’t too happy about it.
Here are some hotspots for dog fouling as told to CumbriaLive.
Denton Holme Carlisle
Some people have suggested taking a wide birth as they need someone to clean up the streets.
Carlisle City council spokesman said: “We have teams who patrol the streets and parks, educate people about responsible dog ownership and, if required, enforce the law. It is a criminal offence not to clean up after your dog and you can be fined up to £1,000.
“The Law says that the person responsible for the dog has a duty to clean up after their dog even if the were not with it or did not see it foul.
“Where dogs foul on someone else’s garden, they are usually not with the owner. If you see a dog without its owner, please notify the dog warden. If the dog is with the owner but not on lead, please notify the Neighbourhood Enforcement team.
“Dog Control Orders allow our enforcement officers to make sure dogs are kept under proper supervision.”
Many people have taken to social media to complain about the mess left on a regular basis.
A spokesman for Copeland council said: “We prosecute people who don’t pick up their dogs’ mess. If you have information about someone who allows their dog to foul.”
Fixed penalties can be issued to dog owners who don’t obey the law. It is an offence to allow Dog Fouling or fail to remove dog faeces.
Walkers have complained of dog muck near the lifeboat station – which was a bit of a shock considering its a picturesque spot.
One person described the town as having dog dumps every five steps!
Wigton has long battled with dog fouling issues. Enforcement officers were sent to check dog muck hotspots in to try to tackle the growing problem.
The focus for the enforcement team in Wigton followed a rise of complaints about dog fouling in the town.
In particular concerns have been raised about the volume of mess around the Speet Gill trail and Stony Banks.
Allerdale Borough council spokesman said: “The council takes the issue of dog fouling very seriously and we have a zero tolerance approach to those who fail to clean up after their dog.
“We urge all dog owners to make sure they always pick up their pet’s mess and thank the responsible owners for helping to keep our communities clean.
“We encourage people to report all incidents of dog fouling to us through the myAllerdale mobile app or the ‘report it’ section of our website. The more intelligence we have about areas of concern the better our officers can respond.
“We know that living in attractive places is important to our residents so that’s why making Allerdale ‘cleaner and greener’ is a key priority for us in our 10-year Council Strategy.”
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