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ALTHOUGH I agree that there is little more disgusting than dog mess, the measures to tackle the problem need to be practical and discerning. For example, are blind people to be fined for circumstances outside their control?

I am also concerned that high fines should not be used by councils as an easy earner. All income from fines should be ring-fenced to be used for preventative measures such as warning signs and litter bins. I once adopted two dogs left homeless but would no longer consider this, and I wonder how many more dogs will now be put down because of potential costs.

In view of the increasing “zero tolerance” of anything considered at all anti-social, I think local authorities should take more time to fully consult citizens before taking arbitrary measures to keep people “in their place”. In particular, they need to be talking to potential offenders and enlist their support in improving the situation.

Bob Trett Goldcroft Common Caerleon

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8:33am Fri 11 Apr 14

landyman3030 says...

Unfortunately all the warning signs and bins in the world won't make people pick it up. Fines are the only way to go. Hurt people in the pocket and they may listen. As for additional costs preventing you from adopting more dogs, surely if you are a conscientious owner who picks up after your animal and controls it then you would never incur a cost. Commiserate with the blind person issue but how is the mess cleaned up at other times. When your child comes home from the park with the mess smeared over them or you see sports persons having to come off the pitch because they are covered it wouldn't make it any easier knowing a seeing eye dog had left it. The dog wardens funds are being cut in general when we need more enforcement to stamp this out.
Unfortunately all the warning signs and bins in the world won't make people pick it up. Fines are the only way to go. Hurt people in the pocket and they may listen. As for additional costs preventing you from adopting more dogs, surely if you are a conscientious owner who picks up after your animal and controls it then you would never incur a cost. Commiserate with the blind person issue but how is the mess cleaned up at other times. When your child comes home from the park with the mess smeared over them or you see sports persons having to come off the pitch because they are covered it wouldn't make it any easier knowing a seeing eye dog had left it. The dog wardens funds are being cut in general when we need more enforcement to stamp this out. landyman3030
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