Minehead mums on a messy mission

Somerset County Gazette: CHARLIE Kennedy hopes posters designed by children will encourage people to pick up their pooch’s poo. PHOTO: Steve Guscott. CHARLIE Kennedy hopes posters designed by children will encourage people to pick up their pooch’s poo. PHOTO: Steve Guscott.

TWO Minehead mothers are spearheading a campaign to try to make messy dog owners clean up in the area.

Charlie Kennedy and Fay Dyke are asking pupils in schools across Minehead to make posters in the hope that it will encourage dog owners to pick up their pooches’ poo.

The campaign came after little Reiss Harrison fell and banged his head on the wall as his mum Rachael tried to stop him stepping in dog mess last week. Distraught Rachael then spent an hour in Minehead Hospital while the four-year-old had his head glued up.

Charlie, 36, has been trying to keep the streets clean for over ten months, and even has a Facebook page to ‘name and shame’ offenders.

She said the problem is nationwide and she believes the Government should be doing more.

“If you had a child, and they pooed on the street you would want to clean it up ... it shouldn’t be a different matter for an animal. 

“Dog mess is unhygienic and can make people ill. It’s a serious matter.”

Charlie has been taking part in ‘The Big Scoop’ campaign by Keep Britain Tidy but she feels posters by children might get the message across clearer.

The mum of two added: “After Rachael’s incident last week, Fay and I decided it was time to do something more.

“It’s disgraceful that people leave the mess lying around. They know that children pick up anything and everything.

“We’ve got a generic poster through which we’ll be sending out to schools and we want to ask the children to design posters to put up.

“We’re hoping that it will act as a deterrent and stop people leaving mess around. It isn’t difficult to take a bag with you, there will be more bins for the waste coming soon, and I’m hoping this will help too.

“If you can’t pick up after your dog you shouldn’t have one ... it’s as simple as that.”

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12:23am Sun 2 Feb 14

littlemisstidy says...

i cannot believe there is so much dog mess around the side streets of Minehead, left by anti social dog owners, who have no regards for the rest of us who have to walk the streets.
Walking along the seafront yesterday it was all over the place.
Dunster beach is fortunate in having a large number of dog bins, but you still see the mess on the ground !
On all the local beaches dog owners are still under the impression its fine 'let the tide eventually wash it away'
All I can say is 'well done' to you two ladies who are trying to do something about this problem, I sincerely hope you will have success, but it won't be easy, because you're dealing with people who couldn't care less, also many of the dog walkers go for their early morning and late night walkies under the cover of darkness !
Although last week I did see a young couple in the afternoon with a child in pushchair walking along Seaward Way, medium size dog off lead defecating on the grass, and guess what, they walked on and the mess remained, I wish I'd had my camera with me !
i cannot believe there is so much dog mess around the side streets of Minehead, left by anti social dog owners, who have no regards for the rest of us who have to walk the streets. Walking along the seafront yesterday it was all over the place. Dunster beach is fortunate in having a large number of dog bins, but you still see the mess on the ground ! On all the local beaches dog owners are still under the impression its fine 'let the tide eventually wash it away' All I can say is 'well done' to you two ladies who are trying to do something about this problem, I sincerely hope you will have success, but it won't be easy, because you're dealing with people who couldn't care less, also many of the dog walkers go for their early morning and late night walkies under the cover of darkness ! Although last week I did see a young couple in the afternoon with a child in pushchair walking along Seaward Way, medium size dog off lead defecating on the grass, and guess what, they walked on and the mess remained, I wish I'd had my camera with me ! littlemisstidy
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