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Rugby club highlights Bute dog fouling menace

Action from Bute Rugby Club's ten-a-side festival on April 26. Play had to be stopped during the tournament to allow dog dirt to be cleared from the pitch.

Action from Bute Rugby Club's ten-a-side festival on April 26. Play had to be stopped during the tournament to allow dog dirt to be cleared from the pitch.

 

Bute Rugby Club has become the latest organisation to highlight the scourge of dog owners on the island who fail to clean up after their pets.

Club committee member Colin Fulcher told The Buteman that three players had had to leave the pitch at the King George V playing fields in Rothesay after coming in to contact with dog dirt during a recent senior training session.

Play was also stopped during the club’s inaugural ten-a-side tournament on April 26, when the referee instructed one of the club’s members to clear a number of areas on the field affected by dog fouling.

Colin added: “Last week’s mini rugby training session was stopped until we had cleared the area, again due to dog fouling. On this occasion I also picked up several pieces of broken glass lying on the main area of the pitch. This problem is beyond a joke!

“I am sure I speak on behalf of our friends in the other sporting clubs, all using the facilities in our playing fields. This problem is evidently not isolated to the rugby playing field. This is becoming a serious issue and one which I hope those readers who walk their dogs through this area will consider in future.

“I would, however, like to thank those responsible dog owners who do take time to clean up after their dogs. For those who don’t, the next time your dog does the ‘business’, do yours and clean it up!”

 

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