Pick up after pooches

2018-03-13 06:00

I am spending several months in Cape Town enjoying the beautiful scenery, lovely weather and local hospitality.

However, I am both deeply disappointed and disgusted to find that I cannot enjoy the beautiful beaches because dozens of people are walking their dogs daily, despite large notices at beach entrances clearly showing no dogs are allowed.

Within 60 seconds of hitting the sand every excited dog has defecated and it is very rare to see an owner that is responsible enough to carry poop bags to remove the offending mess. After defecating the dogs happily jog along the remainder of the beach peeing every few yards, which is what dogs do naturally.

I have seen dog owners completely ignore their dogs faeces, I have seen it pushed, with the foot, under the sand and only one lady I have observed so far, found a used plastic bag but when she picked up the mess she left the bag on the beach. She only went that far because I was pointedly watching her.

This is an utter disgrace, people without pets use the beaches and lie on the sand, young children play in the sand, dig it up to make sand castles or to half bury themselves – doing what children do when at the beach. Not forgetting that the wind and tides will eventually uncover the faeces which will then get carried into the sea.

In other civilised countries dogs are not allowed on beaches, if at all, between March and October and any offenders face an instant heavy fine, not to mention verbal attacks from other beach users, and rightly so.

Come on pet owners, you know this is not right: It’s a breach of the law and a serious health hazard.

Wherever you take your dogs for exercise then please take poop bags with you and dispose of them in the bins provided or at home.

Sue Shea Simon’s Town

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