Irresponsible dog owners are causing a stink at some of Leeds’s most beautiful locations by failing to clean up after their dogs.
Teams of wardens are baffled after walkers left carrier bags full of dog mess hanging from trees in local beauty spots.
Yorkshire Water claims it has to remove tonnes of dog mess from its 120 recreational sites every year.
Among one of the worst affected areas is Eccup recreational site, in Alwoodley.
Geoff Lomas, recreation and catchment manager for Yorkshire Water, said: “We’ve spent millions opening up some of our stunning reservoir sites, with thousands of people using them every week for their enjoyment, whether it be for exercise or to simply take advantage of some of the incredible vistas, flora and fauna that they offer.
“So it’s incredibly sad that despite our best efforts, we’re hearing reports that on occasions people are having to spend more time watching where they’re walking rather than actually enjoying their walk.
“Not only does such irresponsible behaviour make it harder for everyone else to enjoy our beautiful sites, but it’s also very unpleasant for the people who have to clear it up.”
Meanwhile, a Leeds councillor is calling on dog owners to clean up after their pets after she was inundated with complaints about mess on the streets of Guiseley.
Councillor Pat Latty (Cons, Guiseley and Rawdon) said: “This is becoming an increasingly serious problem on our streets and playing fields.
“We have bins everywhere and it should be no problem to deposit your dogs mess into one.
“We have signs telling people that there is a fine if you are caught leaving mess lying around.
“All to no avail.
“Ninety-nine per cent of dog owners are responsible people, but there is a small minority that refuses or can not be bothered to clean up after their dog.”