Messingham vigilantes risk wrath of the law over dog mess in village
I refer to a recent story
on this site about errant dog owners allowing their pets to defecate on paths
in the village of Messingham. It is not a practice I condone and as a responsible
dog owner I take bags and if my pooch fouls the path it is bagged up and put
into one of the many dog litter bins located in the village.
Despite myriad of signs fixed to lampposts in the
village, vigilante Messingham residents have taken to putting graffiti on
the paths reminding people. They even think that a dog urinating on the path
attracts a £1000 fine. I draw the line at taking out a straw and an empty
bottle with which to remove dog urine from the path.
The disturbing issue is that their graffiti is law
breaking in itself. The maximum sentence is three
months imprisonment or a fine of £2,500 for adult offenders.
I am unsure of what they have used to deface the paths but it was there prior
to Christmas and the recent snow and rain has not washed it away and it looks
like it needs professional cleaning.