A cleaner neighbourhood: Everyone wants it and everyone can help to achieve it!
Nobody likes dog mess and what follows below explains how responsible dog owners can do their bit by helping reduce dog mess on our local streets and open spaces.
First of all, some acts and Figures…
Nationally, councils claim it costs them £22 million per year to clean-up dog poop.
There are approximately between 6.5 and 7.4 million dogs in the UK, producing around 1000 tonnes of faeces every day.
A survey by ‘Keep Britain Tidy’ found that 76% of the public think that dog owners that persistently let their dogs foul should be banned from owning a canine.
MP’s in Britain get more letters complaining about dog fouling than any other issue.
The Isle of Man has introduced DNA testing in a bid to rid the island of doggy poop. This technology enables police to match the poop to the dog and prosecute the owner and they are urging residents to report irresponsible owners so they can take action.
Mill Lane Playing Field
The Parish Council here in Enderby is especially concerned about the unacceptable level of dog fouling which is spoiling the enjoyment of adults and children alike using the King George V Playing Field on Mill Lane. It is especially serious given the health risk it poses to children playing in the open space or walking towards the enclosed play equipment.
Despite the many poop scoop products on the market, the cheapest and quickest way to clear up is to always carry poo bags and make sure it is grabbed, bagged and binned.
The Importance of Training
Being a responsible dog owner means more than making sure your dog is well fed and looked after.
Dogs need to be trained and part of this is toilet training. Such training is better to be carried out when the dog is still a puppy but older dogs can learn too.
Out and about with your dog
If your dog needs to go while you are out, “scoop the poop”. You can buy all sorts of different poop scoops cheaply at pet shops and some supermarkets. Blaby District Council operate a free poop scoop bag scheme operating from various outlets around the district. In Enderby bags are available from the Parish Council Office on King Street and Enderby News on Mill Street. If you don’t have a poop scoop with you, you can use a newspaper or plastic bag.
If you use a poop scoop, you will not need to touch the mess directly. Many designs of poop scoop involve a plastic bag which can be tied up before you dispose of it. Remember to wash you hands as soon as you can afterwards.
Sick and tired …no really, sick and tired
Dog mess can contain a number of things which can make people ill — best known of which is infection from toxocara canis, which is a roundworm. If the eggs of this worm are swallowed, this can result in a range of symptoms from aches and pains to bronchial conditions. In rare cases, eyesight can be damaged.
The risk to human health can be reduced by:
- Worming your dog regularly
- Always clearing up after your dog
- Good hygiene practice
What to do with used poop scoops
Many councils provide special bins where you can put your used poop scoops. Dog waste bins are often red. If there are no bins around, take the poops scoop home and dispose of it.
Then as a last resort wrap the used poop scoop again in a plastic bag and dispose of it in a litter bin.
Worming your dog
Worms can affect a dog at any age and therefore caring for your dog should include making sure your dog is wormed regularly. Worms can cause sickness and diarrhoea in young animals but adult dogs may show no symptoms.
Worming is easy, effective and costs very little. You can get worming treatments from your pharmacist, vet, pet shop or larger branches of supermarkets.
Follow the makers instructions carefully. The treatment required depends on the dogs weight. Adults should be wormed every six months. Pregnant bitches and bitches with young puppies should be wormed more frequently. With puppies seek veterinary advice but in general puppies should be wormed when they are about two weeks old and then treated at regular intervals until they are six months.
Poop scooping and the law
Local councils and some other organisations currently enforce laws which mean you must clear up your dogs mess in public. Allowing your dog to foul in a public place and not cleaning it up could result in prosecution and a fine of up to £1000.