Community want action on Dog fouling

1 03 2012

Dog fouling continues to be a big problem in Ballycastle. Councillor Dónal Cunningham stated that many residents are completely frustrated by what seems like a lack of progress.

Ballycastle is famous for its streetscape and litter free streets, this makes it all the more annoying that irresponsible dog owners are failing in their responsibility to clean up after their dogs.

Dog owenrs should always pick waste up and put it in the nearest litter bin. You can use any plastic bag and you can use any litter bin, including your black bin at home. If your dog is caught fouling in a public place and you fail to pick it up, you can be fined £50.

Dog owners should:
•carry a plastic bag or ‘poop scoop’ with them
•clean up every time their dog fouls
•teach their dog to go to the toilet in their own garden before you leave the house
•never let their dog onto the street to foul
As well as leading to dirty streets and unsafe parks, dog fouling can cause health problems in humans.
For example, toxocariasis, commonly caused by dog roundworms, can be spread to humans through contact with contaminated faeces.
The infection can enter the bloodstream and spread to the heart, liver, lungs, brain, muscles and eyes where it can cause damage, as well as breathing difficulties, asthma and, in some cases, blindness.



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