Small mountains of dog fluid are building up across Dorset – because the council has refused to provide new litter boxes.
Walkers have called the piles “appalling” as dog beer is repeatedly dumped along a footpath in Weymouth.
Despite pleas from residents, Dorset Council has refused to provide a new bin over fears it could be vandalised.
Instead, a worker is sent to clear the piles, but local residents have also been left to clear the foul-smelling mess.
One resident, Brian Macdonald, 72, told DorsetLive that bags of poo are being piled on top of each other, while some dog walkers no longer bother to pick up after their pet.
He said: ‘I think people see the mess and think they might as well throw it on the pile. It gets worse, we went for a walk recently and there is mess everywhere.
“We always take it up religiously because it’s the natural thing to do. It makes me laugh that people throw it away.
“The pile is even in the middle of the path and some people don’t use their bags. That is so sad.’
According to Dorset Council, it was too expensive to justify replacing a bin which was repeatedly vandalised.
However, they installed new signs asking pet owners to dispose of dog waste at home.
The sign has since been removed by a member of the public.
The council said: “The collection off Lorton Lane in Weymouth had become a regular target for vandals, having been lost around three times in as many months.
“Dorset Council cannot financially justify the repeated replacement of the bin and so it has been permanently removed.”
The council is still encouraging dog walkers to take the mess home with them, despite the mysterious removal of the new signs.
They said: “Signs were put up at the site advising of this and asking dog owners to take the waste home, although these signs were also removed by a member of the public.
“We still check the area every few days for mess, as it is clear that some local dog owners feel the absence of litter-justified anti-social behavior by littering the area with their dog bags.
“Our message is simple – if you can’t find a bin for your rubbish, take it home and use your kerb bins to dispose of it properly.”
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