Peter Reynolds

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Anti-Dog Jobsworths In Weymouth

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This gate opens onto farmland and scrub stretching just half a mile from the Jurassic coast, up and over the Dorset ridgeway.

If you head due east, maybe a touch to the north, you can walk with your dog (or dogs) for five or six miles and never come across a building nor even a road.

Yet Weymouth and Portland Borough Council choose to threaten us with a £5000 fine for not having our dogs on a lead, or £1000 for allowing them to, ahem, shit (for want of a better word).

The path leads away from the main road through Sutton Poyntz and the signs can’t be directed at people coming towards the village because they’re impossible to see from that direction.

Half a mile further west it’s the same thing on Chalbury Rings, the bronze age hill fort, which is as remote as anywhere.  In five years, walking there regularly, I might have bumped into someone else once, perhaps twice.

The nasty, dog-hating, money-wasting, officious ‘little Hitlers’ that devise and operate this policy are the very worst of Britain. Local government seems to be infested with them.

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  1. Dog Shit! I hate it. I believe you should be able to rub dog owners faces in it, if they allow their dog to shit and don’t pick it up. Mevagissey in Cornwall is the dog shit capital of the UK. I have seen countless OAP’s let their dogs shit and not pick it up. Maybe their backs are too old to bend down?? I now put laxative laced meat in dog shit hot spots, so hopefully they shit on the owners carpet when they get home. I hope you carry a bag or 2 when out walking your dog Mr Reynolds….

    Billy Biddles

    March 18, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    • If I’m in open countryside I let my dogs go where they want to. If I’m anywhere near where there’s substantial human traffic I bag it. The very worst are the dirty and disgusting people who bag it and then drop the bag on the ground or in the hedge.

      Peter Reynolds

      March 19, 2013 at 8:15 pm

  2. The path in Sutton Poyntz leading from the duck pond up towards the old reservoir is absolutely covered in dog shit all the time. It’s a public health menace to adults, children and livestock. More than a few dog owners (many of whom, one can’t help but suspect, live in the village) should feel absolutely ashamed of themselves. They must know it’s unacceptable but they’re so selfish that they simply don’t care about anyone else. If they were fined £5,000, I’d be delighted. I’d be very willing to say all of this to their faces. Cllr James Farquharson, Preston & Sutton Poyntz ward,W&PBC.

    James Farquharson

    October 17, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    • I agree. As I mention in the article, even those who do pick up seem to think it’s OK to leave their poop bags by the gate. I’ve actually followed one woman up the hill several times, watched her pick up, use a baby wipe to clean her hands, drop it on the ground and then drop the bag as well.

      Peter Reynolds

      October 17, 2016 at 4:05 pm

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