Smashed booze bottles slice dog’s paw

Lousie Turton, Hampden Place, Marsh Green, is fed up with incosiderate yobs smashing bottles in Wigan. Her dog Lily has stood on broken glass and has had to have six staples in her paw

Lousie Turton, Hampden Place, Marsh Green, is fed up with incosiderate yobs smashing bottles in Wigan. Her dog Lily has stood on broken glass and has had to have six staples in her paw

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THIS poor dog slashed her paw after going for her regular walk in Wigan.

Louise Turton, 39, was taking Lily, her two-year-old springer spaniel, out for a stroll when the pet cut herself on broken glass near a park off Lancaster Road, at the bottom of Marsh Green.

The mother-of-two rushed Lily to the vet, where she had to have six staples put into her paw, costing £121.

Louise, a care assistant, says that the glass has been left by gangs of youths who congregate near the park and smash booze bottles on the ground.

Louise said: “There is a park opposite the shops and there is a wooden box where gangs smash bottles after they have finished their drinks, which is a concern. I have informed the police.

“Lily has been injured before the same way, but this time more seriously. I had to carry her home with her paw cut and bleeding.

“It has also caused upset to me and my two children, especially my 10-year-old son.”

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said that broken glass on the ground was not a police matter and was Wigan Council’s responsibility.

Sally Wolstencroft, Head of Safer, Cleaner, Greener at Wigan Council, says: “This stretch of land is council-owned and is cleared of rubbish and litter on a regular basis.

“Cleansing operatives will clear the area of glass this week and it will be revisited in six months time.

“In terms of pavements and highways, our street cleansing service manually cleans this area on a daily basis, and it is also mechanically swept every three weeks.

“We urge residents to report any alcohol-related litter when they see it. We also call upon those who create the litter in the first place to stop.

“This case highlights the upset and injury thoughtless behaviour causes.”