Councils have been urged to do more to crack down on dog owners who let their pets foul public places.
The call came from many readers of our Facebook page after we published a headline from 30 years ago about the first person in Gosport to be fined for the offence.
We asked if people thought the problem had got better or worse - and many complained that it was still a big issue.
Some readers also named blackspots for the problem. Here are six:-
Devonshire Avenue, Southsea
Rich Harris feels that his road is one of the worst in the city for lazy dog owners, He said: ‘Devonshire Avenue is awful. I’m pretty sure I’m the only one who picks up after my dog.
‘It’s all along the road. In fact it was only this morning I was wondering what happened to dog patrols. As for the grassy island in the middle people think they have free reign to let their dogs go there and leave it.’
Theresa Walmsley doesn’t believe that the issue of dog littering has improved since the first fine was handed out three decades ago: ‘Definitely not, especially around Stamshaw’ she said. ‘I believe dog licensing should be reintroduced along with micro-chipping. The revenue could be hundreds of thousands of pounds. This could be distributed between the PDSA, RSPCA, RSPB and local councils. The councils could then use the money to ensure wardens are employed for animal care and reporting dog poo.’
Havant Rugby Club fields
Bradley Robinson said he believes something needs to be done to stop dogs ruining the children’s enjoyment. He said: ‘Havant Rugby Club has a main field as well as six outer fields yet dog owners still use the main field to run their dogs.
‘Every week it takes three people over an hour to clear the field of dog mess before the game. We have kids covered in dog poo. That’s not right. The fields are training grounds, not just places for dogs.’
Florence Road, Southsea
Jenny Hodgkinson feels that there has been no improvement over the years. She said: ‘Certainly not! Especially not in Florence Road, Southsea. and nearby roads. The thing that amazes me is the people who bag it up then just drop them on the pavement or worse still in the gutter where they are squashed and spread around by cars.’
Fawcett Road, Southsea
Sheila Gale said: ‘Pavements are disgusting in Fawcett Road area.’
Ann-Marie Cadman said: ‘I think it is worse if anything - here in Cosham anyway!!’
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