Party poo-pers could prompt pooch purge

2014-10-07 00:00

DOG owners not cleaning up their act, could lead to all dogs being banned from the picturesque Umhlanga Rocks promenade.

Following a spike in complaints about dog poo left behind after taking man’s best friend for a walk, the Umhlanga Urban Improvement Precinct (UIP) has now issued a stern warning – clean up, or stay away. The UIP has installed 12 plastic bag dispensers to help dog owners to clean up after their pets.

Brian Wright, project leader of the UIP said: “Dog mess left in public spaces has been an issue for a long time and it is definitely the minority of dog owners who are not cleaning up. If these owners cannot take responsibility, then the city may be forced to take the unpopular decision to ban all dogs on the promenade.”

The possibility of a ban has been met with mixed reactions.

Fourie Jouhanes, who is here on holiday from the Free State, said, “dogs should have their own place. There are people on the beach, it is really not nice to see dirt on it and the smell that comes with it.”

David Morley from London dis­agreed. “We have only been here for a few days and I do not see a problem with dogs being here,” he said. “The sea is free, it is a beautiful beach.”

Sharon Bax and daughter, Nicole Ehlerg from Durban North, who walk their Jack Russells daily, thought it would be a shame if dogs were banned. Bax, who was carrying a plastic bag to pick up after her dogs, said if every person did this, it would have not been an issue.

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