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“I’m looking for the good will in people”

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13 JAN

“I’m looking for the good will in people”

By timesecholife on in All News, Community News

A resident is appealing for dog walkers to be more mindful when dealing with their dog’s excrement while out in public after he discovered 14 discarded canine poo bags during a walk. Butch Mellor found the waste by a hedge while out with his wife and grandchildren last Wednesday near the disused old railway track in Cheadle. A few had even been hung up on a fence next to a stile.

A resident is appealing for dog walkers to be more mindful when dealing with their dog’s excrement while out in public after he discovered 14 discarded canine poo bags during a walk.

Butch Mellor found the waste by a hedge while out with his wife and grandchildren last Wednesday near the disused old railway track in Cheadle. A few had even been hung up on a fence next to a stile.

Butch said that he understood that the vast majority of dog walkers clean up after their pets correctly but asked the minority who have left bags to think twice about their actions.

“I’m not against dog walkers, I speak to a lot of them and they are lovely, lovely people, it’s just unfortunate – and probably just a minority,” he told the Times & Echo.

“I was quite shocked, I think what did it was the bags hanging on the fence. I actually counted 14 bags in total which were discarded.

“They’ve gone to the effort of putting it in a bag but not taking it home – hanging it on the fence doesn’t solve the issue.

“I know it’s not nice but even if it wasn’t put in a bag it could decompose and disappear whereas when its in a bag it prolongs the issue and creates other issues.”

This isn’t the first time Butch has found a large amount of dog litter left in the area. During the 2020 pandemic lockdown, he once discovered 29 separate poo bags left unattended during a walk.

“My view is, once someone chucks a dog poo bag down, it lends itself for others to follow suit,” he added.

“It’s not the first time but there is an element of frustration. We have got some superb countryside within minutes of walking out of the town and I just think it’s tarnished by the fact that things like this are seen. Just take it home.”

He continued: “Now, there were different types of bags so it’s probably not any one person but probably someone has seen the bag there and thought the same of the negative opportunity.

“There must be different people doing it because there are different types of bags.”

Nevertheless, Butch was sure to clarify that he does not tar all dog walkers with the same brush.

He said: “There are lots and lots of genuinely good dog walkers who do take home their own dog’s poo bags.

“Fellow dog walkers who do the right thing must fear the same frustration because they must feel they get tarnished the same but it’s not the case.

“I see lots of people carrying the poo bags, so there are lots of people who do do the right thing.”

Butch reasoned: “There may be a logical reason why the poo bags were left there on the post.

“Maybe someone was going to walk the dogs down the field and once it had done its business, had picked it up, put it on the post with a view of bringing it back but actually came home on a different route and unfortunately it’s been left there.

“I don’t think the people who have left it are bad people, I think there might be a genuine reason why it may have been left there – I’m looking for the good will in people to think about it.

“It’s a combination of, not anger, but frustration and surprise about, is this really what we’re doing? “That’s where I’m coming from.”

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