Litter louts leave Meg barking mad

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WATCH out litter louts, Meg’s about!

Dog trainer Ken Pople, from Little Cornard, has taught his six-year-old working collie Meg to pick up any litter she sees while out for a walk and put it in the bin.

MEG'S BIN TIDYING UP: Dog trainer Ken Pople with collie Meg, who is helping community warden Andy Nunny to clear up after litterbugs.

MEG'S BIN TIDYING UP: Dog trainer Ken Pople with collie Meg, who is helping community warden Andy Nunny to clear up after litterbugs.

“There have been times when I’m out on Sudbury meadows or Cornard country park and she drops the ball she is playing with because she has seen a can or bottle and wants to put it in the bin,” said Mr Pople, who has trained dogs for more than 50 years and wrote a book, Wise Dogs and their Owners, on the subject.

Community warden Andy Nunny said he believes there is a litter problem in Sudbury and Great Cornard, and hopes that Meg can inspire others to bin their rubbish, as part of the town council’s Suffolk Spring Fortnight clean-up efforts.

“Litter and dog fouling are the two most common complaints I deal with,” said Mr Nunny. “If a dog can be trained to put rubbish in the bin, surely people can learn to as well.”

q To see a video of Meg, the amazing litter-picking dog in action, visit www.suffolkfreepress.co.uk.

MEG’S BIN TIDYING UP: Above, dog trainer Ken Pople with collie Meg, who is helping community warden Andy Nunny to clear up after litterbugs.