Dog owners create a stink on New Plymouth's beloved Coastal Walkway
A video shared online has highlighted a stinky problem occurring on New Plymouth's award winning Coastal Walkway.
If you walk along the city's foreshore then chances are you've at least seen a pile of doggie-doo along the way, or worse, you may have rolled the pram through a fresh heap or trod your jandle-wearing foot on a chunk of number-twos.
Now a YouTube travel blogger known only as Travel Bug has picked up on the issue and created a minute-and-a-half video slide of pictures of poo allegedly found along the walkway.
While it's unclear which areas of the walkway the pictures or the timeframe in which the pictures were taken, there were about 20 different shots.
Dogs are banned at all times in the New Plymouth central business district however they can be walked on a leash along most of the Coastal Walkway.
But New Plymouth resident Neil Harv reckons the ban should include the Coastal Walkway, though not just because of the poo.
"Dogs should be banned from the entire city centre," he said. "They make too much bloody noise."
Harv said he had noticed the poo littered about and was one of the unluckily ones to have stepped on a pile. While he didn't think the amount of mess was enough to consider it a major issue, he thought it could be better managed.
His wife Helen agreed and said she made sure to tread carefully when out walking, keeping an eye out for any poo.
"I side step it," she said.
Out walking her boyfriend's dog, Kawa the eight-year-old curly coat retriever, Alex Peck had a pocket full of bags at the ready.
She said there was no excuse for people to not pick up their furry friend's waste, especially with the council-provided doggie-doo bins and bags dotted about.
It was about being responsible and prepared, she said.
"I'd be embarrassed if she stopped and pooped in the middle of the walkway."
Peck said she would never leave the poo behind.
New Plymouth District Council spokesperson Stuart Robertson said people who didn't pick up their dog's faeces could be pinged with a $300 fine.
He said dog poo was seen in public areas but most owners were pretty good at picking up after their animals.
"But clearly some are letting the side down," he said.
The Coastal Walkway was a shared space for everyone – including dogs on leads, he said.
"What's needed is for those few dog owners who aren't doing their bit to remember that they have a part to play in keeping our public areas sanitary for everyone."
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