Town cemetery dog mess shows ‘lack of respect’

Carl Howard is disgusted by the amount of dog mess in the grounds of London Road Cemetery
Carl Howard is disgusted by the amount of dog mess in the grounds of London Road Cemetery

A resident says he is horrified by the amount of dog mess he has to dodge in a cemetery left behind by owners who fail to clean up after their pets.

Carl Howard is a regular visitor to Kettering cemetery in London Road, where some of his family are buried.

Mr Howard, of Wellingborough, said: “Not only do the dogs go in there but they are let off the leash. It’s totally out of order.

“Ninety per cent of the time I go in there I find someone with a dog. That’s what amazes me.

“Some time ago I challenged one such dog walker within the cemetery grounds and I was physically threatened. Rather pathetic really, as the fellow was possibly in his late 20s with a brute of a dog, while I was in my 70s armed with a hoe.”

Mr Howard, who regularly visits his family grave, added: “This is an abhorrent and disgusting lack of responsibility together with a total lack of respect for the deceased.

“I recently attended my family grave twice within one week, and on each occasion there was fresh dog mess in evidence. These offenders who lack shame and respect for the dead should be totally ashamed of themselves.”

In response, Kettering Council has said it was disturbed to hear of Mr Howard’s experiences, but has pointed out that while a dog-fouling order is in place, there is no absolute ban on dogs in cemeteries in the borough.

Chris Stopford, environmental services manager, said: “We are deeply disappointed as a council that dog owners are not respectful.

“It’s a shame that Kettering Council taxpayers should have to pay for the carelessness of others.”