DOG muck is proving a big problem for disabled girl Georgia Hill (3) - and her mother Keilli Broome is battling to get people to stop ignoring their dogs’ mess.
They live in Vicarage Road, Nelson, a narrow traffic-free lane used by a lot of people with dogs. And so much of it stays there.
As a result, Georgia ends up with her walk-aiding frame, her leg twister braces and boots covered in dog dirt and Keilli has to sort it all out. She said: “There’s no excuse on this lane as there is a dog bin there. I can’t leave it here. I have to clean it up myself and put it in the bin. The whole area around here is covered by it and it’s a problem.”
Keilli (28) and her partner Christopher Hill (27) hope Pendle Council will take more action to reduce the mess. Keilli said: “Ever since we moved here its been a problem. We noticed it when we came three and a half years ago. It’s got progressively worse and it’s now the worst its ever been!
“I hope Pendle Council can do something about it and I’d also like to see dog walkers clean up. Christopher contacted the council and somebody came and cleaned up. It seemed to help when we got a dog bin fitted on the lane at first, but it’s recently gone really bad.”
Georgia can’t walk without her frame and a twister brace on each leg, and her mum said: “We still don’t know what it is but she is getting special health investigation on it. I knew something was wrong when she was 16 months old. She’s happy and she is progressing slowly, and may progress on walking.”
Keilli is a nursery nurse at Toddle In, Colne, and a skilled amateur actress who appears in many plays in Pendle. She said: “I worry it could make her ill if she fell on it. It can make children blind. I supervise Georgia all the time. A lot of kids play football out there on the lane.”
And she added: “It was a problem when she was a baby and in a pram, because you can’t see dog pooh in front if you have a big pram.”
Coun. John David, who represents dog fouling issues with Pendle Council, said: “Ms Broome is quite right and totally justified in being fed up with this situation – and so are we. It’s shocking that some dog owners still think it’s acceptable to leave their pets’ waste on the street.
“In situations such as this, it’s not only unsightly and inconvenient but poses a very real health risk to children. That’s why we take dog fouling so seriously in Pendle.
“Following conversations with Ms Broome, we’ve installed a dog waste bin in the area and put up plenty of signs to highlight the penalty for dog fouling, which is a fine of £75. Our Environmental Crime Officers will continue to patrol this area as part of their work to deter dog fouling and will take action against anyone they see not clearing up after their pet.”
Coun. David also reminded dog owners they can put their bagged dog waste in any litter bin in Pendle, not just dog waste bins. In total there are 2,559 bins across the borough!