Community councillor has had enough

Community councillor Mary Melville.
Community councillor Mary Melville.

Community councillor Mary Melville, who is the group’s vice chair, has hit out at the issue of dog fouling this week after an incident near her home.

Ms Melville, who lives at Broadsea, explained the issue as “the straw that broke the camel’s back.”

Broadsea itself was targeted by the community council with a poster campaign attempting to encourage dog owners to clean up after their dog.

In a letter written to the Fraserburgh Herald, Ms Melville says: “The dog was a medium sized, quite ugly animal whose coat is dark brown with black spots. I also noted it had a long curly tail. The owner was a young boy of around 16 years of age.

“I suspect he knew I was watching him because he took a plastic bag from his pocket as if to remove the offending deposit. However, he just walked away and left it for people to tread on and carry heaven knows what on their shoes to heaven knows where. Worst of all the dog was on a short lead and the boy stood and watched as the dog contaminated the grass. This has to stop.

“Dog owners must be made aware that dog faeces is one of the most common carriers of the following diseases which can be caught by humans,” she adds, listing Salmonella, Cryptosporidium and Campylobacter.

She continues: “These infections can result in stomach ache, diarrhoea, other intestinal ailments as well as kidney disease.

“It also contains hookworms, roundworms and tapeworms.”

Instances of dog fouling can be reported directly to environmental health on 08456 08 12 07, giving details of the incident such as time and place.