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Selfish Ross-shire dog owners slated for failing to clean up after pets and putting sheep at risk

By Hector MacKenzie

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Peffery Way
Peffery Way

SELFISH dog owners failing to clean up after their pets are hampering a trailblazing Ross-shire path project and putting the lives of livestock at risk.

Community activists working on the Peffery Way, a path linking Strathpeffer and Dingwall aimed at cyclists and walkers, have voiced despair over the amount of dog mess being encountered on verges which makes grass cutting, tree planting and fence repairs “very unpleasant”.

Peffery Way Association trustees say that some waste in plastic bags is being thrown into fields where livestock graze, posing a serious risk to cows, horses and sheep.They are appealing to dog walkers to take the bags home or bin them appropriately.

The group took to its Facebook page to state: “We hope to put up signs and monitor the situation in the first instance but are hopeful that folk will do the decent thing and take responsibility for their hairy pals.”

Their appeal has been supported by others backing the link.

One, David Baldwin, slammed the behaviour as “absolutely disgusting”. He said such actions could put the project in jeapardy.

He suggested setting up a few trail cameras to find the culprit.

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