Doggy doo-doo is accumulating at a popular park, prompting one resident to take matters into his own hands.
Wellard resident Ian Gillon bagged all the dog poo he could find in a day on the lawn at Homestead Park on Thursday, 10 June 2021, filling a total of 11 bags.
Homestead Park is popular with dog owners who live locally and those who travel from further afield.
Mr Gillon has lived in the area for four years and walks his dog Maya daily, but said discovering significant volumes of droppings in Homestead Park was now a daily occurrence.
He left the filled bags on the lawn in the park, in the hopes of bringing the problem to the attention of other visitors, and contacted City of Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams who also had noticed the full yellow bags while out walking.
“If it’s happening here, it’s probably happening in other parks and reserves around the City,” Mayor Carol Adams said urging people to clean up immediately after their dog as a responsible pet owner.
“Please bag and bin your dog poo so everyone can fully enjoy our wonderful public open spaces."
Failure to do so may result in an infringement of $200 or up to $2000 in a court of law under the Dog Local Law 2016, and Mayor Adams said emphsis was first placed on education and awareness.
“The City has placed dog poo bags at many convenient locations, but we do suggest that you carry your own bags for this purpose when out and about,” Mayor Adams said.
“We will have some further education on responsible dog ownership coming up later in the year.”
For the latest on responsible pet ownership, visit www.kwinana.wa.gov.au/animals or call 9439 0200.
Caption: Ian Gillon and his dog Maya, with City of Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams at Homestead Park in Wellard.