A CARER says she could have lost her right foot and been permanently disabled after slipping on dog mess.
Emma Pearce, 29, of Lynwood Close, St Leonards, fractured two bones after breaking her ankle.
She was left in excruciating pain as the bone came through the skin.
She said: “I am absolutely furious over this, as it’s put me out of work for at least five to six months.
“I’ve already had two operations at the Conquest Hospital in order to reconstruct the ankle.
“I now have to wear a metal frame around my right ankle and leg for up to 10 weeks before having a third operation to have it removed.
“I am a community carer and visit people in their homes but will not be able to now because of this and can only get around using a Zimmer frame.
“I was in so much pain after slipping paramedics put me on gas and air.
“If surgeons had not been able to place the bone back inside I could have lost my right foot.”
Miss Pearce was with her friend Gemma Picknell in Wishing Tree Road, St Leonards, when the accident happened on New Year’s Day.
She said: “We were going out to get more petrol for the car as I was due at work the next day. I slipped over the dog mess on the ground and fell.
“Gemma’s boyfriend tried to move me but we discovered I’d broken my ankle.”
Another friend, Ashleigh Brown, who lives in Wishing Tree Road, called an ambulance.
Ashleigh’s dad, Ian, said the area had a serious problem with dog excrement being left by irresponsible dog owners.
He said: “I have seen some owners just letting their pets do it on the grass and walk away.
“Children end up bringing it back home after treading in it and many youngsters play on the grass opposite in the summer.”
Councillor Phil Scott, portfolio holder for the environment at Hastings Borough Council (HBC) and local ward councillor, said: “I am very sorry to hear that this lady has slipped and hurt herself badly and may be off work for some time.
“I absolutely agree with her that irresponsible dog owners who have failed to clear up after their pet are to blame for a serious accident that could have otherwise been avoided.
“The council has a good record of street cleansing with assessments carried out by street scene officers daily and it also has a robust policy of enforcement where fixed penalty notices will be issued to irresponsible pet owners, who are in the minority, and who fail to clear up after their dogs.”