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to think a someone who can fine for dog fouling should know the difference between a dog weeing and a dog pooing?

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Blinkybell Mon 27-Mar-17 11:37:48

Just as a big of background, my dog sometimes squats when he wees. Big, proper wee he squats, if he's just marking his territory he'll cock his leg.

Have been out for a walk with dog.

I take him across some fields, down to our local beach. He needs a good run and this is usually quiet so I can let him off his lead. To get there I walk along a footpath, across a park and down a little lane. He stays on his lead until we get to the field.

He has 4 shits while we're walking along the footpath and the park. I pick them all up (as I always would).

Half way across the park, an 'official' (I don't think he was our actual dog warden) stops me and asks if I'm aware that I could be fined for letting my dog foul and not clearing it up. I tell him that I am aware, that I always pick up and indicate the bags of shit that I'm still carrying.

Official then states he saw my dog foul and that I continued walking. I immediately apologise, I didn't think I'd missed one, as dog is on his lead, I'm pretty sure I would have noticed him stop, so I start back tracking to try and find it. I can't, so I ask Official where he saw it. Official starts looking where he though he saw it, can't find anything, starts looking further and further afield before finding a poo about 20 feet ahead of where he stopped me. I point out that this couldn't possibly be my dog as we hadn't got that far yet.

Dog then wees and Official realises his mistake. He'd seen dog squatting and assumed he'd pooed.

Instead of accepting his mistake, then going on his way, Official then insists I pick up the other poo that he'd found or I could be fined and while we're standing there he sees another and insists I pick that up too.

I did pick them up, I hate it when people don't and it wasn't worth an argument, but aibu to think that someone who has the power to issue me with a large fine, should know what he's talking about? If dog hadn't weed when he did, I might have ended up with a fine

And that it's really not my responsibility to pick up every turd in the area?

Wishiwasmoiradingle2017 Mon 27-Mar-17 11:40:48

You should have handed him the bags that your dog didn't do!! !! grin

LadyPW Mon 27-Mar-17 11:40:55

4 shits?! shock
But that aside you'd have thought that someone in that position would know that most bitches squat to wee. And you shouldn't have had to pick up other poos - I'd have suggested that as he obviously hadn't done his job well enough by letting other dog walkers get away with not picking up that he should pick them up himself. You might want to email his employer to point out that he's not up to the job if doesn't know the basics!

justgivemethepinot Mon 27-Mar-17 11:41:05

No it isn't your responsibility, sounds like a busy body who lost an argument and tried to save face by getting you to do that. I'd complain.

Blinkybell Mon 27-Mar-17 11:43:38

Dog is actually male.

Official saw him squatting to wee, we could see he was weeing, but official went over to check the area for poo before accepting it was just a wee.

TheWitTank Mon 27-Mar-17 11:43:55

I've had exactly this situation before but with a member of the public accusing me of letting my dog shit (she was squatting for a long wee). We walked back and no shit. No apology either! I think the women was genuinely pissed off that she hadn't caught me out!

WateryTart Mon 27-Mar-17 11:43:58

I'd complain to his employer. Cheeky sod.

zzzzz Mon 27-Mar-17 11:44:19

What a tit.

Thank you for picking up the other poos. How very civilised in the face of ridiculous officiousness.


Jazzywazzydodah Mon 27-Mar-17 11:44:20

You picked up other dog shits because he made you shock

I would have told him to fuck off!

Devilishpyjamas Mon 27-Mar-17 11:45:54

You should have shown him the poo that wasn't your dogs was cold....

IloveBanff Mon 27-Mar-17 11:46:29

LadyPW It's clear from the first sentence of the OP that the dog is male.

Sodomeyes Mon 27-Mar-17 11:47:11

A woman in the park told me off for not clearing up my dog's wee.

I said "She's only had a wee, not a poo"

The woman said "Yes I know, you should still clear it up"


IloveBanff Mon 27-Mar-17 11:48:20

Jazzywazzydodah "You picked up other dog shits because he made you. I would have told him to fuck off!"

Would you? Is that how you speak to people? It's possible to be assertive without telling people to fuck off.

Blinkybell Mon 27-Mar-17 11:48:40

It's a park where kids play and it really, really pisses me off when people don't pick up.

It was no bother, plus it's his word against mine (unless there's such a thing as doggie DNA tests). The poo bin was only 100 yards away.

I've rung the council but didn't really get anywhere, I'll email them I think

justgivemethepinot Mon 27-Mar-17 11:51:31

I'd dearly love to know how you're supposed to clear up a wee from grass, are we all to carry sponges along with our poo bags?grin

PossumInAPearTree Mon 27-Mar-17 11:57:18

My dog squares in different ways for a wee and poo. Concave for a wee and hunched over for a poo, as do most other dogs I see. So it's fairly obvious even from a distance what they're doing if you pay attention.

PossumInAPearTree Mon 27-Mar-17 11:58:27

And there is such a thing as dog DNA tests btw. I've heard of it being used in a case where someone denied the poo was their dogs.

Blinkybell Mon 27-Mar-17 12:01:06

Yes, he tucks his bum right under him when he's pooing and just kind of leans forward when he wees.

The difference is obvious. Or at least I would have thought it should be to someone with the power to fine for dog fouling

Porpoiselife Mon 27-Mar-17 12:04:46

I probably couldn't tell the difference from afar if a dog was weeing or pooing tbh. I'd just assume poo if it was squatting down. Just because he is on dog poo duty, does not mean he is a dog expert.

But he was unreasonable if you had a few poo bags of poo, shows you do actually pick it up!

But its good to see this being 'patrolled' hopefully he will catch the real culprit soon, as leaving dog poo around is disgusting, especially in a kids play area or park.

For those telling the OP he should have told him to Fuck off, how lovely. The OP did the right thing. And his response wont put the warden off approaching someone else who actually DOES leave their dog poo.

Re the dog wee comments. You can't clear up dog wee. But I do not agree with letting dogs wee just anywhere. I see some walkers who allow their dogs to wee up kids play equipment and park benches or picnic tables. Sodomeyes had your dog peed somewhere inappropriate? Perhaps thats what the woman meant by cleaning it up?

AwaywiththePixies27 Mon 27-Mar-17 12:12:21

Did he not notice your hands full of dogshit bags? confused

Sounds like an overzealous official to me.

PrettyGoodLife Mon 27-Mar-17 12:14:49

YANBU - report him!

AwaywiththePixies27 Mon 27-Mar-17 12:16:03

My DS once told someone off for letting their dog wee in public blush once I'd profusely apologised ans explained to DS in detail dogs could wee anywhere (for context, part of the school run is through woodlands so anywhere applies - its the tied up bags I can't stand) he was fine. Difference is though, he's an 8yo with Aspergers, he's not an official in uniform making some poor OP pick up other people dog muck.

I'd be tempted to say something too. Do they work on commission by any chance?

RB68 Mon 27-Mar-17 12:19:57

Its the fact he thought your dog had done 6 poos that is beyond belief really - in fact 4 nearly is!

I would email but be positive re people being out and about but explain that he may have issues with his attitude given xyz (explain) and in this instance you let it go but as he was in general making you clear up the area where you hadn't even been!! That it was sightly unreasonable and could be constituted harassment - given them an ounce of power and they are off!!!

Blinkybell Mon 27-Mar-17 12:26:58

Dog has just started taking some medication that's making him a bit constipated so he does lots of single logs (sorry for TMI, but best way to describe it) at the moment.

He's on a double dose for the fist month, then we'll drop down to his regular dosage so our vet says to persevere for a week or so and it should settle down.

I've sent them an email explaining what happened. I tried to call but just got,lost in their switchboard.

Butteredparsnip1ps Mon 27-Mar-17 12:32:20

That's some power trip he's on.

Would he have asked a man to pick it up?

I would complain.

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