Father hits out over dog mess slalom walk

By Steve Peacock in Crime

An angry Totnes father is protesting at the ‘slalom’ of dog excrement he and his children are being forced to face on town centre pavements on their way to school each day.

Scott Atkins is fed up with having to dodge piles of dog poo as he walks his two young children to The Grove School each morning.

Now he is aiming to take his protest to South Hams Council which is responsible for enforcing the rule banning owners from allowing their pets to foul pavements.

Mr Atkins, who lives in Sparrow Road, Totnes, walks his youngsters aged eight and nine years up Collins Road and down South Street to get them to their primary school.

He said he was fed up with having to continually warn the children to watch where they walk because of the dog mess.

‘Every morning we are having to avoid dog mess. It’s like a slalom of dog mess,’ he said.

‘I have been a dog owner and I take a bag with me when I walk the dog in case they do something on the pavement. It is simply wrong to leave great clumps of dog mess on the pavement.’

He said he had noticed the problem escalating with piles of poo dotted along the route to the school.

‘Many kids are walking to school alone and it is likely that some kids will step in it and then walk into our brand new Grove School. It should not be there. Dog owners should be more responsible than that.’

He said he was considering taking photographs of the mess and then going to South Hams Council to try and get something done about it.

‘If that is what it takes I will go to the council, but really education is the key.’

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