Grantham Journal letter: Dog walkers urged to clean up
Dog excrement is one of the images visitors will take with them following their visit to the Grantham Canal over the Easter weekend.
These vivid pictures have now travelled to Cambridge, Boston, Lincoln, Essex – even Canada – for these are just some of the places our visitors travelled from to enjoy a boat trip and a walk along the towpath.
Bags of dog poo, some with their tops artfully crafted into Easter bunny ears, were sadly in abundance – as were many examples of the unbagged variety.
If you do not consider it necessary to clear up after your dog, here are a few things you may wish to give some thought to:
Canal workers become plastered in excrement while cutting the grass. They take turns in wiping it off each other’s necks.
They sit and eat their lunch in excrement covered overalls.
They have to wash their overalls in home washing machines.
Work boots are constantly caked in foul smelling excrement.
Think of those who clean and maintain grass cutting machinery.
Cyclists get it on their tyres – which they have to handle in the event of a puncture.
Children, less conscious of where they’re treading, continually become victims of dog fouling.
Blindness through catching toxocariasis is real – I know someone, now in her 50s, who lost an eye as a child, through coming into contact with dog fouling.
Your dog – your responsibility – clear up after it. Those who do not do so, put the many responsible dog owners under suspicion.
Dog fouling is unsightly, disgusting and unhealthy. This surely is not the image we want visitors to take away with them?
Let us love where we live!
Assistant head ranger
Grantham Canal Society