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Sixth of Calderdale owners think it's ok to leave mess

Thursday, 5th January 2012

A number of people who take their dogs out for walks do not think they need to clean up after their animal.

One in six people in Calderdale, West Yorkshire, think dog owners should not have to clean up their dog’s mess, reports the Halifax Courier.

The research by Calderdale Council also found that one in five people believe there should be no restrictions on animals running on sports pitches without being on a dog collar and lead.

Councillor Barry Collins, economy and environment spokesman for the council, told the news provider: "A number of very important issues have been raised and we will be looking to find a way to deal effectively with dog fouling without jeopardising the rights and responsibilities of dog owners and their pets."

The survey was carried out to test public reaction to proposed dog control orders. Two out of three of the 850 responses were from people who own at least one animal.