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Call for dog warden in Gloucester

By This is Gloucestershire  |  Posted: December 22, 2009

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The amount of dog mess in Gloucester city centre has hit an all-time high, according to one resident.

Maureen Norman, who has lived at The Dukeries, in Westgate, for the past seven years, said she had never seen so much mess and called for a dog warden to tackle the issue.

She said: "It really is an awful problem. People just aren't clearing up after their dogs anymore.

"A dog warden is badly needed."

Mrs Norman, who doesn't own a dog herself, feels there are not enough dog bins in the area.

She said a warden employed by Gloucester City Council could be the answer.

She said: "To have someone on patrol would be great. The situation here has been bad for quite a while, but never as bad as it is now.

"I have contacted the council but all they have said is that they will look into it."

A Gloucester City Council spokesman said: "The council takes acts like this seriously and asks dog owners to be responsible and use the bins provided throughout the city.

"If residents feel there is an issue regarding dog mess in their area, we ask that they contact us on 01452 396 396 with information.

"To help us tackle a specific problem it is helpful if residents can let us know the type of dog, colour, size and the time and the place of the incident.

"As part of the council's drive to cut down on dog mess, it has distributed thousands of 'scoop the poop' bags to dog owners in the city."

These bags are still available from various places in Gloucester including the Tourist Information Centre, in Southgate Street, the Folk Museum, in Westgate Street, and Robinswood Country Park, which is off the A4173.

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    good I's, city centre  |  January 03 2010, 2:14PM

    Why has Miss Norman asked the council for a dog warden, when this issue was dealt with in November. Regularly walking the streets of Gloucester I very rarely see dog mess. The people of Gloucester respect their town centre. After reading other peoples comments, I find it strange Miss Norman is concerned about dog mess.

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    Anti Major Gowan, Gloucester City  |  December 26 2009, 10:04AM

    i always take my dog to Cheltenham for its 'business'. i think its streets are an ideal place for their mess.

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    nige, glos  |  December 25 2009, 10:07PM

    nige says that "the dog in the picture belongs to the woman in the picture," but the woman in the picture says "she does not own the dog in the picture, it belongs to a friend",the friend says "she would like to be put in the picture(not with the dog in the picture) because she has never owned a dog."

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    jon from westgate, glos  |  December 25 2009, 7:23PM

    doggy doo doggy dont/ that is the question>

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    Frank wittering, Cheltenham borough council  |  December 23 2009, 10:18AM

    A person can learn a lot from a dog, even a loopy one like ours. Marley taught me about living each day with unbridled exuberance and joy, about seizing the moment and following your heart. He taught me to appreciate the simple things - a walk in the woods, a fresh snowfall, a nap in a shaft of winter sunlight. And as he grew old and achy, he taught me about optimism in the face of adversity. Mostly, he taught me about friendship and selflessness and, above all else facilitator of intuitive partnerships through incentivized extensible channels.

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    Council Spy, Westgate Estate  |  December 22 2009, 10:22PM

    We know school children have put a few notices up around the Westgate Estate warning people that 'Poop Patrols' are patrolling and watching people with their dogs. The notices that the children put together are insufficient and we have not seen anyone patrolling the area. We think that the Westgate office should put up some decent posters and take it in turn to patrol the estate, if they are that worried about dog mess!

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    ganzy, tree top  |  December 22 2009, 10:06PM

    You certainly did'nt put your foot in it Maud, did you!

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    Englishman, Health Spa  |  December 22 2009, 9:54PM

    Mickey. The doggy bag that you get in an indian restaurant is for left over curries etc. You take the doggy bag home to your dog and it eats your left over curry. Then the dog goes outside and messes all over the pavement and street, and this is where Maud comes in.

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    mickey, end of bar  |  December 22 2009, 9:45PM

    The council did not mention that you can get doggy bags from restaurants. Thanks to the person, who saw Maud in the Indian restaurant, for enlightening us.

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    ali, Westgate Pub  |  December 22 2009, 9:31PM

    We know Maud picks up her dogs mess, as we saw her in the Indian with a doggy bag.