Brook and Greg

Brook, a four-and-a-half year old Landseer Newfoundland dog is recovering from cuts on her paw after encountering broken glass on the shoreline. Greg Allan picks up copious amounts of broken glass along the shoreline below his home on Machon Point Road. Charlotte MacAulay photo

After his dog received 26 stitches to close gashes on her paw, a Machon Point resident feels it is prudent to bring awareness to accumulating garbage on the shoreline.

“It is worth bringing to people’s attention,” Greg Allan said.

“What some consider harmless fun can lead to serious consequences.”

In the few short months Greg and his wife Danielle have lived on their property overlooking the water and Murray Harbour, they have picked up debris of all descriptions along the shoreline, but most disturbing is the large amount of sharp glass.

A gallon bucket filled to the brim with shards of every shape and size of glass along with another bucket of coffee cups, water bottles and junk food wrappers and a few odd car parts are their collections so far this summer.

Last Tuesday Brook, a four and a half year old Landseer Newfoundland dog, suffered cuts in three different places on her paw as she was running through marram grass close to the shoreline.

“I didn’t hear a yelp, but when she got to where I was in the water I could see the blood,” Mr Allan said. “When we brought her up from the beach and started to stem the bleeding with towels she started to yelp.”

Brook was efficiently looked after at the Brudenell Animal Hospital, something Mr Allan said he is very grateful for. The Allan’s canine pal is now recovering comfortably back at home.

A silver lining to the story is the glass penetrated into Brook’s paw as opposed to cutting the pad, an injury which would have taken much longer to heal.

Mr Allan said the property next to theirs is vacant for most of the year. The Allan’s home was also vacant for a couple of years before they recently moved in.

“I have a feeling one of the causes is there could be partying in the area,” Mr Allan said, noting there is plenty recreational boat traffic in the area.

“I know it is probably just young people having fun and getting carried away,” he said.

Still he wants to make them aware of the harm their actions can cause.

He is also concerned for children playing along the shoreline as well as the variety of birds that frequent a sandy spit jutting out from the land.

“This is just a little small stretch of water access so it makes me wonder how bad it could be everywhere else, on public beaches for example,” he added.

Mr Allan said he contacted the province’s conservation department and a representative was sympathetic, but said to charge anyone with the offense of littering such as he describes they would have to be caught in the act.

The Allans only recourse is to continue to collect the debris daily and hope the individuals who are responsible will take greater care in future.

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