Woman’s genius invention after dog mess smeared across her step

A Dingle woman is waging a war on irresponsible pet owners after finding dog poo smeared across the pavement outside her house.

Sarah Clarke, 35, says the “Bread Streets” are constantly plagued by dog soiling – and she even regularly sees dog poo on top of pavement signage telling owners to be responsible.

The mum-of-one said: “It’s disgusting and lazy.

“Even more so when you come out of your house in the morning to find someone has left a present from their dog’s behind two feet in front of your step.”

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Sarah says she has reported the issue to Liverpool City Council a number of times since the beginning of the year.

She continued: “Nothing is ever done, so I’ve taken matters into my own hands.

Sarah Clarke has made poo bag holders in a bid to stop "lazy and disgusting" pet owners

“I am making poo bag holders and I have attached them to the railings along Grafton Street at the bottom of Garswood Street, Charlecote Street and Sandbeck Street.

“I’ve posted on Facebook asking for people to bring their spare bags and used milk cartons so I can make more poo bag holders for the rest of the area. I’m lactose intolerant so don’t buy milk myself.

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“I found the first three in a recycle bin that I decided to look in. Washed them out, sanitised them, then cut the opening and stuffed them.”

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A Liverpool City Council spokeswoman said: “We are aware of the issue on the Bread Streets and have installed new bins and warning stencils on pavements, and also increased patrols by our enforcement team who issue warnings and £80 fixed penalty notices to anyone who does not pick up after their pet.

“We are continually sending the message out to dog owners that they need to take responsibility for cleaning up any mess and we applaud this resident for helping us tackle this blight to our streets.

“The streetscene team will be in attendance at the meeting on the 14th and look forward to talking to residents about their concerns and hear their suggestions for working together to tackle this anti-social behaviour in the future.”

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