Letter: Dog fouling: hit the owners’ pockets

Efforts to deter dog fouling constantly fail.
Efforts to deter dog fouling constantly fail.

RE dog fouling: There is nothing wrong with owning a dog, indeed the health benefits are well documented and who could not be moved by the incredible work of guide, hearing, sniffer and recently medical detection dogs.

But the street where I live should be called ‘Dog Mess Garth’, as one cannot walk on the paths without avoiding it. Efforts to deter constantly fail, even with a recent poster campaign.

Would hitting owners in the pocket be a solution? Bring back dog licensing? Or, as in the Australian state of Victoria, a dog and cat have to be licensed via council tax. A disc is issued to attach to the dog’s collar. The debate goes on, however ‘man’s best friend’ deserves more.

Bridget Harris

West Garth, Cayton