Dartmoor Rangers have pleaded for dog owners to take their poo bags with them or leave them in a bin when visiting the national park.

They shared a video on their Facebook page which showed bags filled with poo that had just been dumped by dog owners on Dartmoor.

The post on their Facebook page reads: “A simple (but serious) message – when you pick up after your dog, please take the poo bags home with you.

“Do not leave them on the ground or hung in the bushes as they are not only unsightly but also pose a serious hazard to children and grazing livestock. Many local dog walkers are as outraged by this practice as we are and it needs to STOP.”

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Many commented in agreement with the post.

One person said: “I really do not understand why these types go to the trouble of bagging it and then just dump it wherever they feel fit. Disgraceful behaviour and sadly gives all dog owners a bad name.”

Another adding: “Leaving poo bags can have serious consequences for stock. This foal had picked up a discarded bag. I made the decision to try and startle it enough to make it drop it, which luckily it did.

“Had I approached it gently and quietly it may well have swallowed it with fatal consequences. For goodness sake take the ruddy things home with you.”



A pony on Dartmoor with litter in its mouth

A Dartmoor National Park spokesman said: “Our message is simple but serious: pick up after your dog and take all litter home with you, including poo bags. Do not leave them on the ground or hung in the bushes as they are not only unsightly but pose a serious hazard to children and livestock.

“Other people have to clean it up, at a time when resources are needed elsewhere. Dartmoor is a protected landscape, not a dog toilet, and the minority of people doing this should respect it as such.”

Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time that the Dartmoor Rangers have called on the public on littering and fly-tipping the nature reserve.

In August 2020, The Dartmoor National Park Authority was forced to introduce a short-term ban on camping on certain areas to protect the public health, nature and wildlife.

This is due to the areas being exposed to a huge amount of litter, human waste and 100 fire-pits dug into the ground.

More recently, Dartmoor Rangers took to Facebook to show that 15 car tyres had been dumped on the open moor near Manato at the start of 2021.





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