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29/09/2016, 13:00

Great Dane owners shamed on Facebook

Locals outraged at size of dog poo left behind at beauty spot - but say they would have been ok with it if the pooch had been smaller

PEOPLE living near a Cornish beauty spot have publicly shamed a group of women walkers – for letting their huge canine friends leave “enormous” piles of poo all over a local beach.

The trio, who were out for a stroll with their dogs on Thursday, found themselves at the centre of an online storm after they failed to clean up the mess left by their Great Danes.

The women were shamed on Facebook by Karen Hoyle

The group were spotted by outraged resident Karen Hoyle – who immediately posted a picture of the two blondes and red head on Facebook.

The image has since been shared more than 5,000 times.

Miss Hoyle said she saw the three women leave the dog’s mess on the ground at Padstow in north Cornwall while on their way to the ferry to nearby Rock.

The incident happened on Padstow beach in Cornwall

Posting an angry message to the local council on Facebook she said: “There [sic] blonde Great Dane did his business on the neat and tidy cut grass that was packed with tourists and then they all walked off leaving the mess behind. I would not report this if it was a small dog but this was a Great Dane!! And the mess left was enormous.”

She claims the owners refused to pick the excrement up off the beach – even when she offered them a plastic bag to do it with.

Miss Hoyle added: “These ladies were offered a poo bag by myself on the beach and they said they had one.

“I suggested politely in that case they should return and pick up the mess as they had time before the ferry left.

“They refused to do so. They were further challenged by a gentleman and still refused to pick the mess up.”

The 44-year-old resident claims the women, who were walking two Great Danes and an Alsatian, had asked her: ‘Who are you to tell us?’

But she added in her post: “I am a responsible dog owner who lives in the area regularly walking my dog.”

The Facebook post was shared nearly 5,000 times and attracted more than 1,000 comments.

Miss Hoyle updated the message on Thursday night saying that the owner of the offending dog had come forward and she was now leaving the matter for the council to deal with.

The council is working with owner who has now come forward

“I was the one who had the bags. In hindsight, although I was not walking the dog at the time, I became aware and I should have gone back up and cleaned up the mess, missed the ferry and taken the next one.”

A Cornwall Council spokesman told MailOnline: “There has been a huge public reaction to the Facebook post from a concerned resident reporting alleged dog fouling. The dog owner has since come forward and we are dealing with the incident.

“The issue of dog fouling is one that upsets and angers many residents and we encourage members of the public to report incidents to us.

Miss Hoyle was outraged after they left their Great Dane’s poo on the beach

“The message to irresponsible dog owners is that if you don’t clear up after your dog, we will do all that we can to track you down and issue you with a fixed penalty notice.”

Fines for refusing to clean up after your dog vary across the UK, but are often around £50 and can be as much as £80. Those who do not pay can be taken to court and fined up to £1,000.

The online shaming comes days after disabled train passenger Cat Lee posted a photograph of two businessmen on Facebook who she claimed had refused to give up the seats she had reserved.

One of the men later came forward to say he had no idea she was disabled, and that reservations were cancelled on that service.

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