Schoolgirl's mission to rid roads of dog mess

Dog mess poster made by Tegan Carter, 7,  at Westham, Weymouth

Dog mess poster made by Tegan Carter, 7, at Westham, Weymouth

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A SCHOOLGIRL from Weymouth has created a poster in a fight to get people to clean up dog mess that is blighting her walk to school.

Tegan Carter, aged seven, a pupil at Conifers School, got fed up after seeing the mess every day as she walked or cycled to and from school.

The passageway connecting Shirecroft Road and Cornwall Close, next to Weymouth Crematorium, has been plagued with dog mess in recent months, with many local families using it during the school run.

Another issue facing the families is that dog walkers are picking up after their dogs, but dumping the bags on the side of the passageway.

Now, Tegan got so fed up with the mess that she created a poster at home, pleading with dog owners to clean up after their pets.

The poster says: “Please pick up after your dog, this is used as our school lane.”

Tegan said: “I made the poster because some people didn’t pick up the dog mess at all, and then when they did pick it up they would put it in bags and just put the bags on the side.

“It got a bit horrible and some time when I went to school on my bike I would ride through it and it would get stuck on my wheels which meant mummy had to clean it off the wheels.”

“We have a dog called Eddy and when we take him for a walk we put his mess in bags and either put it in a bin or take it home, so why can’t other people pick up after their own dogs and take it home or put it in a bin.”

Tegan’s mother, Sally, helped her create the poster.

Mrs Carter said: “It has been going on for so long and we are fed up with it now. Last week it was spread down the whole alley.

“If they can put it in bags, why can’t they take it to the nearest bin or home to put in their home bins, it’s ridiculous.”

Cllr Mike Goodman, spokesman for Community Safety at Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, said the council was taking the issue seriously Cllr Goodman said: “The borough council takes complaints of dog fouling seriously, it’s unpleasant and can spread disease.

“Our dog warden has stepped up patrols in this area and if necessary will issue an offending dog owner with a fixed penalty notice.

“The provision of bins in the area will be looked at but we also encourage dog owners to bag and bin, take home and dispose of in the normal manner.

“The majority of dog owners in Weymouth are very responsible and clear up after their dog, but we ask the public to help us by reporting any repeat offenders so we can investigate.”

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7:48am Tue 5 Aug 14

localgrumble says...

*Schoolgirl's
*Schoolgirl's localgrumble
  • Score: -1

7:54am Tue 5 Aug 14

melcombe boy says...

localgrumble wrote:
*Schoolgirl's
Your name says it all localgrumble.
It's just polite notice from a good intentioned schoolgirl.
You could learn a lot from her.
Positive action instead of just grumbling and doing nothing!!
Well done Tegan.
[quote][p][bold]localgrumble[/bold] wrote: *Schoolgirl's[/p][/quote]Your name says it all localgrumble. It's just polite notice from a good intentioned schoolgirl. You could learn a lot from her. Positive action instead of just grumbling and doing nothing!! Well done Tegan. melcombe boy
  • Score: 12

8:51am Tue 5 Aug 14

PossumGoose says...

melcombe boy wrote:
localgrumble wrote:
*Schoolgirl's
Your name says it all localgrumble.
It's just polite notice from a good intentioned schoolgirl.
You could learn a lot from her.
Positive action instead of just grumbling and doing nothing!!
Well done Tegan.
I think you’re missing the point.

Yes, a very polite notice from a young girl. Pity the Echo couldn’t grace the story with a bit of punctuation - as localgrumble accurately pointed out. Not a good role model when a so called professional reporter / editor doesn’t even know when to add an apostrophe.
[quote][p][bold]melcombe boy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]localgrumble[/bold] wrote: *Schoolgirl's[/p][/quote]Your name says it all localgrumble. It's just polite notice from a good intentioned schoolgirl. You could learn a lot from her. Positive action instead of just grumbling and doing nothing!! Well done Tegan.[/p][/quote]I think you’re missing the point. Yes, a very polite notice from a young girl. Pity the Echo couldn’t grace the story with a bit of punctuation - as localgrumble accurately pointed out. Not a good role model when a so called professional reporter / editor doesn’t even know when to add an apostrophe. PossumGoose
  • Score: 7

8:52am Tue 5 Aug 14

mollyanna says...

People are picking up the dogs mess , but leaving at the side of the pavement.
a need for more bins around Weymouth ?
Maybe we can get some school kids to make posters for the rest of Weymouth so the streets and beach are clean of rubish
People are picking up the dogs mess , but leaving at the side of the pavement. a need for more bins around Weymouth ? Maybe we can get some school kids to make posters for the rest of Weymouth so the streets and beach are clean of rubish mollyanna
  • Score: 0

9:26am Tue 5 Aug 14

eylesdf says...

Well done Tegan. Let us hope the 'few' irresponsible dog owners will take notice. Those 'few' irresponsible dog owners must get around. A walk along the Rodwell trail sees the results littering the edges. As does a wander around the beautiful Sandsfoot Castle gardens where picnickers have to pick their spot carefully and if you are lucky you get to see a dog owner letting their dog defecate in your view as you are sitting having your coffee at the cafe there. As a matter of interest how many penalty notices are issued by the dog warden each year. Perhaps he should patrol the hot spots.
Well done Tegan. Let us hope the 'few' irresponsible dog owners will take notice. Those 'few' irresponsible dog owners must get around. A walk along the Rodwell trail sees the results littering the edges. As does a wander around the beautiful Sandsfoot Castle gardens where picnickers have to pick their spot carefully and if you are lucky you get to see a dog owner letting their dog defecate in your view as you are sitting having your coffee at the cafe there. As a matter of interest how many penalty notices are issued by the dog warden each year. Perhaps he should patrol the hot spots. eylesdf
  • Score: 11

1:04pm Tue 5 Aug 14

K9 says...

Yes, well done Tegan.

Does the mess contain DNA allowing it to be tracked back to the dog?
When a dog is chipped, is his DNA taken?

Is a third-party video of a dog owner wilfully ignoring his mutt's mess
sufficient proof for the warden to issue a penalty fine after the event?

Has anyone here heard of a Small Claims Court action by a householder against a dog owner after they repeatedly avoid picking up the mess from the front garden?
Yes, well done Tegan. Does the mess contain DNA allowing it to be tracked back to the dog? When a dog is chipped, is his DNA taken? Is a third-party video of a dog owner wilfully ignoring his mutt's mess sufficient proof for the warden to issue a penalty fine after the event? Has anyone here heard of a Small Claims Court action by a householder against a dog owner after they repeatedly avoid picking up the mess from the front garden? K9
  • Score: 5

3:23pm Tue 5 Aug 14

norosetintedglasses says...

In fact the whole of Weymouth is covered in dogs mess and litter. How many people get fined and if they are fined why is not publicised?
Why is it only this country that seems to accept it.
In fact the whole of Weymouth is covered in dogs mess and litter. How many people get fined and if they are fined why is not publicised? Why is it only this country that seems to accept it. norosetintedglasses
  • Score: 7

10:01pm Tue 5 Aug 14

curvycris says...

Well done Tegan. I have 3 dogs and visit Weymouth every year. It infuriates me, we always clean up after our dogs, but on our camp site, we have often come back to our camper van and unknowingly walked dog mess into it because of some irresponsible owners don't bother to clean up. If I knew who it was I would bag it up and sling it on their pitch. A bit childish, I know. But that's how angry it makes me. When we visited a car boot in Weymouth, one booter said that dog owners allowed their dogs to **** their legs and pee on their stock. More should be done, more fines given out, then maybe people would think twice.
Well done Tegan. I have 3 dogs and visit Weymouth every year. It infuriates me, we always clean up after our dogs, but on our camp site, we have often come back to our camper van and unknowingly walked dog mess into it because of some irresponsible owners don't bother to clean up. If I knew who it was I would bag it up and sling it on their pitch. A bit childish, I know. But that's how angry it makes me. When we visited a car boot in Weymouth, one booter said that dog owners allowed their dogs to **** their legs and pee on their stock. More should be done, more fines given out, then maybe people would think twice. curvycris
  • Score: 1

11:26pm Tue 5 Aug 14

repiano says...

To the person who moaned about having their coffee at sandsfoot and watching a dog defecate, well you can't really stop a dog doing what it needs to do so I say that's not really the point. The point here is cleaning up afterwards and THAT of course, is very important. Mind you, Weymouth and Portland seem to have the fewest dog litter bins out of many other counties I've visited. I know there is NO excuse to leave dog waste anywhere, but a few more litter bins in appropriate places would probably help the matter as well.
To the person who moaned about having their coffee at sandsfoot and watching a dog defecate, well you can't really stop a dog doing what it needs to do so I say that's not really the point. The point here is cleaning up afterwards and THAT of course, is very important. Mind you, Weymouth and Portland seem to have the fewest dog litter bins out of many other counties I've visited. I know there is NO excuse to leave dog waste anywhere, but a few more litter bins in appropriate places would probably help the matter as well. repiano
  • Score: 1

9:27am Wed 6 Aug 14

eylesdf says...

Reply to Repiano.- I know a dog has to defecate but a dog owner should consider others when they allow their dogs to do it.. Not very sociable when it on manicured grass where children are playing and within view of people eating and drinking. Although the dog owner might try and clean up after their dogs it is not always successful and do I really want to see the bags of dogs mess being swung when they walk along with it.
Reply to Repiano.- I know a dog has to defecate but a dog owner should consider others when they allow their dogs to do it.. Not very sociable when it on manicured grass where children are playing and within view of people eating and drinking. Although the dog owner might try and clean up after their dogs it is not always successful and do I really want to see the bags of dogs mess being swung when they walk along with it. eylesdf
  • Score: -1

2:24pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Bob Goulding says...

PossumGoose wrote:
melcombe boy wrote:
localgrumble wrote:
*Schoolgirl's
Your name says it all localgrumble.
It's just polite notice from a good intentioned schoolgirl.
You could learn a lot from her.
Positive action instead of just grumbling and doing nothing!!
Well done Tegan.
I think you’re missing the point.

Yes, a very polite notice from a young girl. Pity the Echo couldn’t grace the story with a bit of punctuation - as localgrumble accurately pointed out. Not a good role model when a so called professional reporter / editor doesn’t even know when to add an apostrophe.
What's wrong with 'Schoolgirl's mission'? The use of the apostrophe in this context is correct i.e. as in the mission belonging to the schoolgirl.
[quote][p][bold]PossumGoose[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]melcombe boy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]localgrumble[/bold] wrote: *Schoolgirl's[/p][/quote]Your name says it all localgrumble. It's just polite notice from a good intentioned schoolgirl. You could learn a lot from her. Positive action instead of just grumbling and doing nothing!! Well done Tegan.[/p][/quote]I think you’re missing the point. Yes, a very polite notice from a young girl. Pity the Echo couldn’t grace the story with a bit of punctuation - as localgrumble accurately pointed out. Not a good role model when a so called professional reporter / editor doesn’t even know when to add an apostrophe.[/p][/quote]What's wrong with 'Schoolgirl's mission'? The use of the apostrophe in this context is correct i.e. as in the mission belonging to the schoolgirl. Bob Goulding
  • Score: 0

7:17pm Wed 6 Aug 14

radiator says...

Why should the council have to provide special dog bins and have a person empty them?, its up to the dog owners to take it back to their own bin.
Why should the council have to provide special dog bins and have a person empty them?, its up to the dog owners to take it back to their own bin. radiator
  • Score: -1

7:40pm Wed 6 Aug 14

every user name was taken says...

I remember the last dog warden Rod something, when I complained about early morning dog walkers leaving a mess, he came out at 6 am hiding to and giving them warnings. The next few days he did the same and the ones he had warned before got fines. The area soon cleaned up.
I remember the last dog warden Rod something, when I complained about early morning dog walkers leaving a mess, he came out at 6 am hiding to and giving them warnings. The next few days he did the same and the ones he had warned before got fines. The area soon cleaned up. every user name was taken
  • Score: 1

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