A fed up pet owner has been spray painting dog mess in his village in a bid to embarrass the animals’ owners.
Richard Benstead says he is so fed up of other dog owners not picking up after their pets that he has started to spray paint the mess bright blue and white in a bid to shame them.
The 69-year-old said: “It has been going on for a quite a while now. We walk two dogs ourselves, and always clean up after them, but we have noticed it’s getting worse over the last 18 months or so.
“Everybody has been noticing it and they stop you to mention it. They think it is disgusting.
“Unfortunately people without dogs tend to tar everyone with the same brush. People have told me there is a dog warden going round but I have never seen them.
“I am getting fed up with it so I have started spraying it regularly with blue and white paint to make people embarrassed really of not picking it up.
“If it does any good I don’t know.”
Richard, who lives in Stretton, Burton-on-Trent and regularly walks his two dogs, a whippet and lurchers, says there are issues on paths, as well as the towpath along the Trent and Mersey Canal.
He says the spray paint he uses is one he picked up from Aldi, which he has told East Staffordshire Borough Council about, and does disintegrate and disappear.
He said: “It’s bad down the canal and you have got kids and fishermen going down there.
“It’s disgusting. People shouldn’t have dogs if they are not prepared to pick up after them.
“I’m not alone in this as the problem is getting worse around here.”