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Disabled Nelson girl's dog dirt ordeal

Lancashire Telegraph: Georgia Hill and mum Keilli negotiate the dog dirt on the way to their home Georgia Hill and mum Keilli negotiate the dog dirt on the way to their home

A MUM has blasted lazy dog owners after her disabled daughter's walking frame keeps getting covered in dog mess.

Three-year-old Georgia Hill suffers from a mobility condition which doctors have been unable to diagnose and needs a frame and leg braces to walk.

Her mum, Keilli Broome, 28, a nursery nurse, said that there is so much dog dirt in the street that Georgia cannot avoid stepping into it.

She said:“Georgia started walking after getting her frame a year ago. She loves being independent and being able to walk to the park like other children her age but the dog dirt is really ruining it for her. It’s like playing dodgems avoiding the piles that have been left everywhere.”

Now a county councillor has collected 500 signatures from residents calling on the council to tackle the owners responsible.

A dog bin has been installed in Vicarage Road, Nelson, but Keilli says that it is being ignored.

Keilli said as she lives up a lane which isn’t accessible by car. Georgia has to walk up the lane to get to her house.

She and her partner Chris Hill, 27, have complained to Pendle Council about the problems.

Keilli said: “Georgia is unable to walk independently and needs leg braces and special shoes and a walking frame.

“The road is covered in dog dirt. It is disgusting and it makes life very difficult. Everyday there is at least three or four new piles just in the area around our house.

"We have to park at the bottom of the road as there is no car access and if it is dark then it’s difficult to see and Georgia often steps into it covering her leg braces, shoes and the frame.

“We then have to clean it all off which gets her frustrated as she doesn’t like us messing with her leg braces and shoes.

“Because of her mobility problems she has to have regular physiotherapy and we have been encourage to let her walk as much as she can but how can we when the streets are so full of dog dirt.

“It has been a problem since we moved here three years ago. We told Pendle Council and a dog bin was put up, for a while that seemed to help but now the problem has come back just as badly as it was before.

“It’s not just a problem for us but there are a lot of elderly people in the area and children who play out who’s health could be put at risk because of it.

“We just want people to clean up after their dogs.”

County Councillor George Adams, who set up the petition, said: “Dog fouling is a huge problem especially in the Walverden ward but also throughout Pendle. It is an issue that has been brought up many times at Nelson committee meetings but yet nothing has been done to resolve it.

“It is something that I feel particularly strong about as a dog lover myself. I set up a petition calling on the council to do more to prevent dog excrement and litter from the street for the health and well-being of the people in Nelson.

“There is currently only one dog warden for the whole of Pendle which just isn’t enough.”

Coun John David, who is responsible for environmental services, said: “Ms Broome is totally justified in being fed up with this situation and so are we.

"It’s shocking that some dog owners still think it’s acceptable to just leave their pets’ waste on the street. It’s not only unsightly and inconvenient but poses a very real health risk to children."

Coun David said environmental crime officers will patrol the area and anyone caught flouting the law would be hit with a £75 fine. He also reminded dog owners they can put their bagged dog waste in any litter bin in Pendle, not just dog waste bins.

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10:58am Wed 20 Feb 13

A Darener says...

My disabled daughter has just the same problem. She sees the dirt but instead of going round it she dashes through it as fast as she can thinking it will not stick to her. Hopefully If I see it first I have to steer her around it. Dog owners have no consideration for other people.
My disabled daughter has just the same problem. She sees the dirt but instead of going round it she dashes through it as fast as she can thinking it will not stick to her. Hopefully If I see it first I have to steer her around it. Dog owners have no consideration for other people. A Darener
  • Score: 4

11:28am Wed 20 Feb 13

gazzandste says...

Bring back the dog license to pay for mobile cameras, then these thoughtless morons could be caught and fined.
Bring back the dog license to pay for mobile cameras, then these thoughtless morons could be caught and fined. gazzandste
  • Score: 6

12:25pm Wed 20 Feb 13

A Darener says...

gazzandste wrote:
Bring back the dog license to pay for mobile cameras, then these thoughtless morons could be caught and fined.
A licence fee of £500+ per annum should help.
[quote][p][bold]gazzandste[/bold] wrote: Bring back the dog license to pay for mobile cameras, then these thoughtless morons could be caught and fined.[/p][/quote]A licence fee of £500+ per annum should help. A Darener
  • Score: 2

1:04pm Wed 20 Feb 13

Good call says...

A Darener wrote:
gazzandste wrote:
Bring back the dog license to pay for mobile cameras, then these thoughtless morons could be caught and fined.
A licence fee of £500+ per annum should help.
Why are you people begging for more government control of everyday life.Firearms and Shotgun Certifcates are fair enough, so are driving licences, but why should I have to pay £500 a year to own a DOG.Gazzandste, why the hell do you want councils going round with mobile cameras harassing people.
[quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gazzandste[/bold] wrote: Bring back the dog license to pay for mobile cameras, then these thoughtless morons could be caught and fined.[/p][/quote]A licence fee of £500+ per annum should help.[/p][/quote]Why are you people begging for more government control of everyday life.Firearms and Shotgun Certifcates are fair enough, so are driving licences, but why should I have to pay £500 a year to own a DOG.Gazzandste, why the hell do you want councils going round with mobile cameras harassing people. Good call
  • Score: 1

2:22pm Wed 20 Feb 13

A Darener says...

Good call wrote:
A Darener wrote:
gazzandste wrote:
Bring back the dog license to pay for mobile cameras, then these thoughtless morons could be caught and fined.
A licence fee of £500+ per annum should help.
Why are you people begging for more government control of everyday life.Firearms and Shotgun Certifcates are fair enough, so are driving licences, but why should I have to pay £500 a year to own a DOG.Gazzandste, why the hell do you want councils going round with mobile cameras harassing people.
Because inconsiderate people don't give a **** about the lives of the rest of us. My philosophy in life is to do unto others as you would have them do to you. So if you don't mess with my life I won't need to mess with yours.
[quote][p][bold]Good call[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gazzandste[/bold] wrote: Bring back the dog license to pay for mobile cameras, then these thoughtless morons could be caught and fined.[/p][/quote]A licence fee of £500+ per annum should help.[/p][/quote]Why are you people begging for more government control of everyday life.Firearms and Shotgun Certifcates are fair enough, so are driving licences, but why should I have to pay £500 a year to own a DOG.Gazzandste, why the hell do you want councils going round with mobile cameras harassing people.[/p][/quote]Because inconsiderate people don't give a **** about the lives of the rest of us. My philosophy in life is to do unto others as you would have them do to you. So if you don't mess with my life I won't need to mess with yours. A Darener
  • Score: 3

8:16pm Wed 20 Feb 13

Rappide says...

There are too many dogs around who have careless and thoughtless owners. Less dogs and more thought for other people and their welfare would be nice for a change. I see dog muck everywhere on the streets of Nelson. We have new neighbours now who think nothing of letting their dog excrete in the back ginnell and leaving the stuff there. Nothing wrong with the dogs. It's the owners who need a mouthful ) of whatever you like)
There are too many dogs around who have careless and thoughtless owners. Less dogs and more thought for other people and their welfare would be nice for a change. I see dog muck everywhere on the streets of Nelson. We have new neighbours now who think nothing of letting their dog excrete in the back ginnell and leaving the stuff there. Nothing wrong with the dogs. It's the owners who need a mouthful ) of whatever you like) Rappide
  • Score: 0

8:49pm Wed 20 Feb 13

katypri says...

i have a grass verge at front of my path and drive when I bought the house i watched for a week and checked dog owners and times they came many clean up some didnt, as soon as the dog did it and the owner went i pooped scupped it up followed the owner and knocked on the door when they answered i said i think you have lost this and dropped it on there step, i said if you believe your dog didnt do it get a dna, after doing at 4 different houses it never happened again, all these people had gardens, i dont have a dog so i wont clean up after yours, not dogs fault the owners totally to blame
i have a grass verge at front of my path and drive when I bought the house i watched for a week and checked dog owners and times they came many clean up some didnt, as soon as the dog did it and the owner went i pooped scupped it up followed the owner and knocked on the door when they answered i said i think you have lost this and dropped it on there step, i said if you believe your dog didnt do it get a dna, after doing at 4 different houses it never happened again, all these people had gardens, i dont have a dog so i wont clean up after yours, not dogs fault the owners totally to blame katypri
  • Score: 2

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