I would like to respond to the views expressed by harbour Master Alan Punton (Issue 115 p7 ) re dog owners not picking up their dogs mess.
I would like to speak up for the responsible dog owners like myself who do pick up their dog mess.
I carry many bags with me when I walk my dog. I enjoy walking in Amble harbour and surrounding area with her.
I do get annoyed with dog owners who do not pick their mess up as this behaviour tends to reflect on all dog owners.
These people have already ruined the joy of walking my dog on Amble beach between May and September.
Two things that should be noted about this behaviour is that
1.You never see who the person is that leaves their dog mess. These people could be walking their dog at night and think they can get away with it. Therefore no matter what restrictions and signs are put up these people will still carry on acting in the same way.
2.Some of the dog owners could be visitors to the town who know they do not have to deal with the waste and can just drive off and leave it behind.
3.Even if the dog has to be on a lead that will not stop the people with that dog leaving the mess behind.
If we are not careful Amble will become a town that is not welcoming to dog owners.
I must say that whilst I am picking my dogs mess up I am still noticing cigarette butts everywhere that smokers just assume they can chuck on the ground and also a lot of litter. I can go for a walk with my dog most places in Amble and pick up a bag of litter each time I do so.
Not all dog owners leave mess. The ones that do will always do it no matter what signs and restrictions there are.
Responsible dog owner