A woman took flowers to her mum’s grave on Mothering Sunday to find it covered in dog mess.
Heartbroken Helen Boon had taken the blooms to Watts Lane Cemetery in Hillmorton on behalf of herself, her sister Abbie French and mother’s grandchildren.
She said: “It’s absolutely disgusting as well as heartbreaking.
“I went up in the afternoon and couldn’t believe it when I saw the dog mess.
“Whoever has let their dog do this has obviously never lost anyone they love. It’s so disrespectful, it made me cry.”
She said her mother, Lorna French, 45, was a popular woman in Rugby who died in 2000.
“It was so upsetting seeing the mess – especially on Mother’s Day,” added Helen, who lives in Bilton.
“People shouldn’t let their dogs off the lead in the cemetery and if their dog does mess they should clean it up.”
She said other visitors to the graveyard have witnessed dog mess.
“It seems to be an ongoing thing,” Helen added.
“If it’s got this bad I think people with dogs should be banned.”
She contacted Rugby Borough Council, which has agreed to put more signs up and is urging other visitors to Watts Lane cemetery to report any litter.
Her sister had already witnessed a man walking his dog with no lead on.
“She told him to put a lead on his dog and he shouted expletives at her,” added Helen.
Cllr Dr Mark Williams, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for sustainable environment, said: “There’s really no excuse for allowing a dog to defecate on a grave. It’s disgusting. Our dog control orders stipulate dogs must be kept on leads in all council cemeteries, and dog owners face an £80 fixed penalty notice if caught.
“We will put up signs at Watts Lane Cemetery to remind dog owners of their responsibilities, but owners should not need reminding. It’s a matter of common decency.
“Our new campaign to crack down on dog fouling needs the support of residents. We can’t be everywhere all of the time, but if residents can provide us with the details of irresponsible dog owners, we can prosecute.
“We want to send a clear message to dog owners – Rugby has had enough of dog fouling. Residents can report dog fouling via the Rugby app – www.rugby.gov.uk/app
Reports can also be made by email – EPT@rugby.gov.uk – or by phone: (01788) 533857.