A racecourse boss has issued a plea to pet owners after his staff had to clear away 19 bags of stinking dog mess from the site.
David MacDonald, from Uttoxeter Racecourse, has told of the “awful job for someone to do” saying the stomach-churning task was “simply not fair” on the staff.
He says staff could not believe how much mess had been left by thoughtless dog owners using paths around the course to walk their pets during the coronavirus lockdown.
Much of the muck was dumped in bins around the course, although they were not bins specifically for dog mess and have had to be cleaned out by his staff.
As the course is closed during the pandemic, it has meant the bins were not being emptied as regularly.
Now he has issued a plea to pet owners to take the mess home with them and think of workers left with such a disgusting task.
The bins are usually used by racegoers, but the course closed during the coronavirus pandemic, reports DerbyshireLive.
Most of the staff at the racecourse, now been furloughed while the venue is closed so the dirty job was left to a handful of workers.
The racecourse has stayed open so that people living nearby can continue to walk their dogs, although no racing is taking place.
In a post on Facebook Mr MacDonald said: “A plea to dog walkers at Uttoxeter Racecourse.
“We are continuing to support the community by allowing local dog walkers to use our grounds at the racecourse but please can you take your dog litter home with you?
“During the shutdown our bins will not be emptied as usual and the management team had to pick up 19(!) bin liners full of dog poo left by dog walkers.
“This is simply not fair and is an awful job for someone to do. Please help us and respect our racecourse and our team.
“Thank you in advance and please stay safe and only use the racecourse if you live close by.”