In 2010 the UK dog population was estimated to be 8 million, with dogs producing approximately 1,000 tonnes of excrement each day. To find out more please click on the link on the left to go the Keep Britain Tidy Dog Fouling Web Pages.
What are the dangers?
The biggest threat to public health from dog excrement is toxocariasis. Toxocariasis is an infection of the roundworm toxocara canis. The eggs of the parasite can be found in soil or sand contaminated with faeces and if swallowed, result in infection that lasts between six and 24 months. Symptoms include eye disorders, vague ache, dizziness, nausea, asthma and, in extremely rare cases, seizures/fits. Often the eggs are ingested when passed to the mouth by the hands, but this can also occur through contact with dogs or other inanimate objects including the wheels of toys and the soles of shoes. Infected soil samples are often found in play areas and as a result, Toxocariasis most commonly affects children between 18 months and five years.
Almost 100 children each year pickup a serious eye infection from dog mess. Children and adults can also get it on their shoes without realizing it and walk it indoors.
Who Should Clean It Up?
Everyone walking a dog must clean up after it. No excuses. Always take a bag with you, close and tie it and dispose of the mess in either the red dog bins or any street litterbin provided by the council. Otherwise you can put it in the bin at home.
Remember in most areas of Stoke-on-Trent it is a criminal offence not to clean up after your dog .If you don't "bag it and bin it" you risk on the spot £50 fines, or up to £1000 if we take you to court.
What if there is a problem with dog fouling in my area?
If you wish to report dog fouling issues in your area please click here to fill in this form or phone 01782 234234
For information on our dog wardens service please follow the link on the left.
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