The owner of a famous family of Spaniels has spoken out about the littering problem following one of his dogs experiencing an injury caused by broken glass.
By, 11 Apr 2019
Max, Paddy and Harry might just be the world’s most famous Spaniels, but that doesn’t mean they’re immune to the trials and tribulations of modern-day dog life.
Paddy experienced a ‘pawriffic’ injury
Whilst out and about on one of their many outings in the Lake District, Paddy walked straight through some shattered glass which has been left all over a public footpath.
Kerry, the spaniel-loving owner, quickly realised that Paddy’s paw had been badly cut.
Talking about the incident to News and Star, Kerry said: "Luckily the other two dogs didn't cut themselves. When Paddy came out of the water I realised there was blood everywhere. From there we had to go back to the van and drive through to the vet in Cockermouth. We do always carry a little first aid kit so we managed to clean the cut before heading to the vet”.
Kerry’s other dog, Max, also recently injured himself due to broken glass. In a recent Facebook post, Kerry claims that in the past year, they’ve spent over £500 in pet bills due to injuries and cuts by broken glass alone.
And now, Kerry has had enough
“As the Lake District becomes more popular, we need to put a stop to people leaving litter.”
He continued: "You could be walking down on the shore of Derwent Water and there'll be people having a barbecue, some are responsible and dispose of everything, others see that the barbecue is going out, so they'll pile some wood and then their rubbish and walk away - then it's somebody else's problem."
So he’s speaking out on social media
Since taking his frustration to Facebook, Kerry has received support from thousands of other dog owners.
Lynn Turner said: "When people visit a place of such beauty like the Lakes, it should be exactly the same when they leave, in order that it stays beautiful and safe for everyone else to visit too."
While Jane Coward said: “Your pictures raise so many emotions in me. Sadness, love, pity, irritation, anger - for the dogs & the humans who caused the pain & problems by their thoughtlessness”
Kerry has since arranged a beach clean day called 'Pups Against Plastic' in Allonby and hopes to clear it of litter once and for all.
Tickets cost £9 and 100% of the money raised will go to Cockermouth Community Hospital League of Friends to buy essential equipment - why don’t you go along and join in?