Poop-erman's on the scene to flag up dog mess culprits
IS IT a bird? Is it a plane? All Lincoln residents know is that their very own "poop-erman" is putting inconsiderate dog owners on notice.
Walkers on the waterside path from Boultham Park Road to the St Catherines area have spotted a number of printed warnings attached to dog mess.
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But while applauding the sentiment of the mess messenger, city council officials say they would prefer people told them about it – rather than adding to the littering problem.
Dog owner Sue Grace, of Doddington Park, said: "As a dog owner I always clean up after my dog – I always have plastic bags in every pocket – as it's very inconsiderate if you don't.
"There's nothing worse than treading in dog mess or dragging your long lead through it – but I don't know that putting notes on it is the answer.
"It's good that the council is clamping down on dog fouling, though it might take one or two prosecutions to make any difference."
Boultham resident Fred Hyde said: "There are a lot of responsible dog owners out there but at the same time there are also a lot of irresponsible people as well.
"Near where I live, there's a children's park and there's mess everywhere.
"People should be picking it up.
"And if not, there needs to be more enforcement – but short of following people who allow it home, it's difficult to police."
City of Lincoln Council's environmental enforcement officer Tony Garner, said: "We're really pleased people in Lincoln are supporting our efforts to reduce the amount of dog mess left on the city's streets, but we would prefer people not to add to the littering problem by leaving notes for dog owners.
"Instead, members of the public can help by observing dog owners to make sure they clean up after their pets, perhaps asking them to remove the mess if they try to leave it.
"If this doesn't work, we can take action – people can call us and tell us who the owner is, give us a description of the owner and the dog, or simply tell us when and where they allow their dog to foul.
"We can then focus our patrols and take action against irresponsible owners."
Call the environment enforcement team on 01522 881188.