Walkers hoping to enjoy a pleasant stroll along a Remenham footpath earlier this month instead faced a less pleasant experience thanks to selfish dog owners who had left enough dog mess to fill eight large bin bags.
The waste was found on the footpath close to Remenham Woods but this is just one example of an anti-social problem that blights many of the borough’s footpaths and other open spaces.
Cllr Norman Jorgensen, executive member for environment, sports, environmental health, leisure and libraries, said: “Anti-social behaviour comes in many forms and people who leave their dog mess around are guilty of it. The amount found in Remenham did shock us, but sadly it was just one bad example of what we suffer in many locations. People need to realise that just bagging up their dog’s waste is not good enough – they need to take it away and dispose of it properly.
“We urge people to bag up their waste and take it home; it is not difficult to do and it leaves a lot more pleasant environment behind for other to enjoy.”
Dog walkers caught not cleaning up after their dogs can be handed an on-the-spot fine and, if they refused to pay, could end up in court and face a fine of up to £1,000.