Disgust as dog poo bags thrown in trees

Dog poo bags can be seen in a tree on South Road, Morecambe.

Dog poo bags can be seen in a tree on South Road, Morecambe.

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Irresponsible dog owners are tossing bags filled with their pets’ poo into trees and bushes.

Recently more than 50 bags of dog waste were found littering the South Road area of Morecambe and the adjacent railway track, some thrown in a tree.

Laraine Nardone, from Halton, who spotted poo bags in a tree on South Road, said: “I could see a tree with what looked like lots of blue ribbons in it.

“Later on when driving past I took a closer look and to my shock, horror and disgust, I saw that it was dog waste in plastic bags that had been thrown into the tree.

“Enviromental Health told me that they had a few complaints but they would have to catch the people responsible in the act.

“I feel sorry for the people who live opposite.”

Under current dog control orders introduced in November last year, dog owners who refuse to remove dog faeces (bagged or unbagged) from all land that public have access to could be fined £80.

Coun Karen Leytham, Cabinet member with responsibility for Environmental Health, said: “It beggars belief that someone taking the trouble to pick up their dog waste is simply refusing to finish the job and carry it a couple of yards to the nearest bin.

“Behaviour such as this is just as unacceptable as not picking up after your dog at all and just as much harm can be done to the environment by the plastic bags themselves – especially to our wildlife.

“I would urge residents who know of anyone who regularly bags it but refuses to bin it to contact the council’s dog warden service on 01524 582935.

“It’s everyone’s responsibility to take pride in their patch by keeping it clean and tidy.”