LETTERS From Peter Browning, Shanklin:
Well done to Mrs Z. Litt (CP letters, 11-10-13) for highlighting the increasing anti-social practice of either not clearing up after a dog, or clearing up and then desecrating the Island’s countryside by disposing of the bag by throwing it into the undergrowth or simply leaving it on the ground.
As a keen lover of the countryside, I, and all decent, responsible people, find this behaviour completely unacceptable. Since the dog owners have proved themselves to be totally thoughtless and inconsiderate there is only one solution to this disgusting practice. It is simply a total ban on dogs in the countryside and on our beaches.
Let the council find a piece of wasteground where dogs can be exercised and then only the dog owners will have to watch where they are walking but they clearly don’t care about that, so no worries.
As a holiday island we cannot afford to have irresponsible dog owners.
My other suggestion is that every dog owner pays a yearly permit allowing them to take their dogs out.
This money would fund dog wardens to police the Island and, of course, hand out on-the-spot fines to those who still continue to litter the Island. Tough action is needed to put a stop to this problem.