A campaign has been launched for dogs to be kept on a leash near a children’s football club in the wake of an attack in which a six-year-old from the area was mauled by a bull terrier.And the mess left behind is only half the problem:
Roding Valley Recreation Ground in Rectory Lane, Loughton, is used by scores of dog walkers daily, but members of Shiners FC, that is based in the park, say that they often arrive on Saturday mornings to find the pitch covered in dog mess.
Alf Fajardo, 53, who is the club’s chairman, said: “On Saturday a Staffordshire ran on to the pitch and attacked the ball. I asked the owner to put the dog on a leash and the amount of abuse I got back was unbelievable.Perhaps you should play baseball instead of football? I’m sure the bats would come in handy…
“It is a miracle one of the kids has not been attacked. If one of them tried to get the ball back the dog could have gone for them.”
…the club has asked the dog warden at Epping Forest District Council to put up some signs requesting that walkers keep their pets on a lead but had been told that there were not enough resource patrol the area and ensure that people complied.Or, as is rather more likely, they’ve seen the writing on the (Scottish) wall:
Litter wardens are to wear stab-proof vests after being attacked by dog owners who refuse to pick up their pets’ poo.What the hell sort of society have we got now?
A spate of assaults and threats led Edinburgh City Council to issue the vests to staff responsible for handing out fines to offenders.