Keeping cities clean and livable for everyone has become quite a challenge for many citizens, and, as always, it is advisable to be part of the solution and not part of the problem. Pet owners are particularly in a tough situation, as they have to clean after their pets. In Plymouth, a bad habit of dog owners is starting to threaten the overall cleanliness of the city.
Hanging dog poo bags on trees?
Any dog owner must clean the mess made by their pet, by using special bags. If you want to make your job easier, the best you can do is to get a dog poop scooper from a pet store or an online shop. You don’t have to dirty your hands, and it is easier this way.
However, this simple truth seems to be evading, for the moment, some of the people owning dogs in Plymouth. For some reasons that are yet to be investigated, dog owners prefer, more and more, to just hang the dog poo bags they fill with their pets’ waste on tree branches.
An impact on public health
Besides the fact that such a habit is bound to affect the overall aspect of parks and other areas where everybody goes for a walk and a bit of relaxation, this can become a problem of public health. Dog feces can contain bacteria and viruses, and these can be released into the air everyone is breathing, as the bags deteriorate.
Why are people doing this?
Dog waste bins are available everywhere, yet, it seems that they are not enough. Some dog owners may even think that they are helpful if they choose to just hang the dog poo bags on trees. Some may just be lazy and not caring enough about the fact that they share the same public space with other people.
Regardless the reason, it is evident that something needs to be done. And one of the measures that can be taken is introducing a fine for people doing this.
Can people be fined for doing such a thing?
The act of hanging a bag with dog waste on a tree can be considered littering, and it is fined accordingly. It is well known that dog owners must scoop the mess made by their dogs and place it in bags, and then in waste bins designed for this purpose.
It is not hard to do so, which makes the issue at hand even more difficult to understand. The city council places at the dog owners’ disposal bins for getting rid of the smelly waste. If someone doesn’t care about maintaining the public space clean, they can be fined accordingly.
What if you see someone doing this?
The best advice is to alert the authorities so they can take the necessary measures. Especially if you live in an area where such things have become the norm, it is up to you, too, to contribute to the eradication of this problem.