A PENSIONER has hit out at dog owners who let their pets urinate along his fence – wrecking the flowers he has painstakingly planted.
Tom Taylor, 80, takes pride in the marigolds he tends to outside his home in Blyth.
However, recently the blooms have been spoiled by canines relieving themselves on them.
Speaking from his home in Newlands Road, the octogenarian said: “The dogs pee on the flowers and kill them. It’s a dirty, filthy habit.
“I call them the dirty dogs of Blyth.
“Take this morning – I’ve put marigolds in front of my fence – this woman came along. She just stood there and let the dog do what it liked. I said ‘excuse me’, but she didn’t take any notice.”
And Tom is also unhappy about the growing problem of dog excrement on footpaths around the Avenues.
He said: “They just don’t pick it up. It’s disgusting. You can only blame the owners, you can’t blame the dogs.”
A spokesperson for Northumberland County Council said: “The council takes dog fouling very seriously.
“We have just been running a campaign over the summer months to highlight the issues and to ask people to report dog fouling and people who do not pick up after their pets.
“Residents should call us on 0845 600 6400 to report these issues.”